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HEALTH: Pregnant woman should eat more fish

Eat more fish-
That is the message today from the Food and Drug Administration *and* the Environmental Protection Agency for women who are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breast feeding.

For the first time, the FDA and EPA are advising women in this group to eat a minimum amount of fish.

Until now, the agencies have only issued a recommendation for the *maximum amount of fish that women in that group should eat.

But after studies found many of those women ate *no fish, and those who did were consuming very little, the FDA and EPA have come forward to change that.. Suggesting they eat 8 to
12 ounces of seafood every week.

Pregnant women. Women who are breast feeding young children should have 2 to 3 servings of fish every single week.. that's a lot of fish

ABC's Doctor Richard Besser explains, it is a big step towards fixing a misconception about the high-protein food.

For a long time pregnant women have heard the message that some fish are high in mercury and so they've avoided the all fish  but fish can be a great source of nutrition for women who are pregnant

The agencies - still warn about fish high in mercury advising expectant and breast feeding mothers to limit the amount of albacore tuna they eat  and to fully avoid tile fish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel.

Instead, they recommend seafood lower in mercury including shrimp, salmon, tilapia, catfish and cod..
MG ABC News New York
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