Seafood during Pregnancy

What is safe to eat?

Seafood that is low in mercury, such as:

• Shrimp
• Crab
• Salmon
• Pollock
• Catfish
• Cod
• Tilapia

Canned light tuna is another good choice but limit albacore, chunk white tuna and tuna steak to no more than 6 ounces, or 170 grams, a week.
Deli meats that have been heated up to avoid the bacteria that may not be visible.

What should I avoid?

Predatory fish, to reduce your exposure to mercury. Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish.

  • Raw fish and shellfish to avoid ingesting harmful bacteria or viruses.

Cooked shellfish

Shellfish includes: Oysters, Mussels, Scallops, Clams, Winkles, Prawns (Shrimp), and Crayfish

It is safe to eat shellfish during pregnancy as long as it’s been thoroughly cooked. Any bacteria or viruses are usually killed by thorough cooking.