Pregnancy myth #4 'You shouldn't be eating fish!'

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Turns out it's all about moderation - sardines on toast anyone?

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Eating in moderation means you don't have to miss out on your favourite seafood

Whilst certain types of fish and raw seafood should be avoided during pregnancy, there are still plenty of varieties you can include as part of a healthy bump-friendly diet.

Two portions of fish per week, including one portion of oily fish, such as salmon or tuna is the recommended amount for a pregnant woman.

Eating fish such as anchovies, herring and sardines will help you maintain a healthy heart and aid your baby's brain and eye development.

Recent studies have also shown that eating fish during pregnancy can reduce the chances of postnatal depression occurring.

Seafoods to avoid include swordfish, shark and marlin as both these types of fish are high in mercury which can be harmful to your baby's nervous system.

Still not sure? Your doctor or midwife can provide you with a list of foods to include in a healthy pregnancy diet.

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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