Top 9 Foods and Beverages to Avoid When Pregnant

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High-Mercury Fish


Certain types of fish, such as swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king mackerel, contain high amounts of mercury and should be completely avoided while pregnant. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consuming high levels of mercury during pregnancy can have adverse effects on a fetus' nervous system.

The FDA says it is safe for a pregnant woman to consume up to 12 ounces of lower mercury fish, such as salmon, catfish, shrimp, and pollock, per week, with albacore (white) tuna making up no more than 6 ounces of total weekly consumption.

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