Pregnancy brings out the desire to eat more healthfully than usual in many women. A diet rich in foods that contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates, iron, folic acid, and omega-3s is essential for proper nutrition and body functioning during this life stage. Moms-to-be in the United States are particularly deficient in omega-3s, a healthful fat found in fish. The Perinatal Nutrition Working Group (PNWG), a working group of healthcare professionals dedicated to educating pregnant and breastfeeding women about eating more seafood to optimize their babies’ growth and development.

The PNWG is an evidence-based resource to physicians, organizations and women that focuses on maternal nutrition with the goal of optimizing fetal growth and development.
Learn more and download a free guide to eating fish during pregnancy. View 'A Seafood Lover’s Guide to Eating During Pregnancy'

Nutrition Spotlight

FDA issues new draft of seafood Advice for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

Following extensive scientific reviews of more than 110 seafood studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new draft advice that encourages expectant and breastfeeding moms to eat a variety of seafood 2-3 times each week to maximize brain development for babies.  In a novel approach for FDA, the updated advice looks at the net effect of eating seafood—that is, the overall health outcome of seafood’s beneficial nutrients like omega-3 fats along with traces of mercury. Scientific analysis shows that when pregnant and nursing mothers eat a variety of seafood 2-3 times each week they get the beneficial omega-3s their babies need without introducing concerns.

The average pregnant woman in the United States currently eats less than 2 ounces of seafood each week. Therefore, most expectant moms need to quadruple the amount of fish they eat to meet the latest advice.

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