Pregnant Women Can Eat Tuna in Moderation

MANHASSET, NY – A New York reproductive endocrinologist says a recent Consumer Reports article cautioning pregnant women about eating tuna goes too far because women need certain nutrients found in fish. 

“I think the recent Consumer Report maybe went a little bit overboard,” says Tomer Singer, MD, reproductive endocrinologist at the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “What we usually advise our patients is to have one portion of tuna a week rather than to avoid it altogether.”

Dr. Singer notes that fish such as tuna give people good levels of DHA and Omega 3, so fish can be consumed in moderation and if someone does not each fish, they should speak to their physician about taking vitamin supplements.

For women concerned about the mercury levels in tuna, fish that tend to have lower levels include trout, salmon and sardines, Dr. Singer says.

High levels of mercury transmitted to a child can impact its vision and mental capacity, Dr. Singer says.

Some foods that women should not consume while pregnant are raw meat and unpasteurized cheese. Women should read food labels while they are pregnant and if they have any concerns, they should speak to their physicians.

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