On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued revised advice regarding fish consumption for pregnant women or women who may become pregnant, as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has preliminarily reviewed the revised advice and concurs with the FDA/EPA recommendations as follows:
- Eat 2-3 servings a week (8 to 12 ounces in total) of a variety of fish
- Eat only 1 serving a week (no more than 6 ounces) of some fish, such as albacore (white) tuna and fish with similar mercury concentrations to albacore (white) tuna
- Avoid certain fish with the highest mercury concentrations
- Check for advisories for fish caught by family and friends and where no advisories exist, limit eating those fish to one serving a week and do not eat other fish that week
Check out the FDA revised statement HERE.
Check out ACOG recommendations HERE.