Oily fishes are very good food for every body because of the Omega 3 fatty acids in them but some oily fishes are not safe to be given to pregnant women and nursing mothers.
This is because of lead poisoning, fishes have the ability to absorb heavy metals from their environment into their bodies.
These metals would become a poison from their bodies to the people who consume such fishes. The people who could be affected by lead poisoning are pregnant women and new born babies.
The FDA, and center for disease control in US have warned that these fishes should not be consumed by pregnant women and nursing mothers because of the high mercury content.
Pregnant Women face a greater risk of lead poisoning as their babies may even suffer the effect even as a foetus to childhood.
Children between the ages of one to 6 years are mostly affected . They may have developmental problem like stunted growth, disabilities, seizures and even death.
The following fishes are not safe to be given to pregnant women or nursing mothers because of the amount of mercury in them:
1. Bigeye tuna.
Tuna is an oily fish that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. But bigeye tuna should not be given to pregnant women or nursing mothers to avoid lead poisoning. See photo of the fish above.
2. King mackerel.
King mackerel is also a very oily fish recommended for its Omega 3 content but this specie of mackerel known as king mackerel is not safe for nursing mothers.
It is not safe to give sharks to pregnant women and nursing mothers because of the amount of mercury in them.
Conclusion: Salmon, sardines and herring are good and safe choice of oily fish for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Note: Mercury and lead are used interchangeably because both are heavy metals that produce the same toxic effect on humans.
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