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what type of seafood can i eat?

So i still haven't been able to see a doctor yet and im 9 weeks...so i can't ask them questions yet:( ive heard i can't eat any fish because of the mercury level but what about shellfish and other seafood? Ive none period but ive also heard i can eat it if its cooked?
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You should def see a doctor hun...9 weeks is some tests and almost ultrasound time. Some fish i heard is ok but i think avoiding fish just to be safe would be smart. I know sushi is a big no.
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Not really a good idea to eat shellfish. If you do, then eat only very small amounts and only ocassionally.
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Mercury is a contaminant found in fish that can affect brain development and the nervous system. The FDA has released guidelines for children, women who are pregnant and women who are trying to become pregnant. These guidelines state that no more than 12 oz of low mercury fish should be consumed weekly. "Highest" mercury fish should be avoided and "high" mercury fish should be kept to only three 6-oz servings per month.

Highest Mercury
AVOID Eating:
Marlin
Orange roughy
Tilefish
Swordfish
Shark
Mackerel (king)
Tuna ( bigeye, Ahi)

High Mercury
Eat no more than three 6-oz servings per month:
Sea Bass (Chilean)
Bluefish
Grouper
Mackeral ( Spanish, Gulf)
Tuna (canned, white albacore) See tuna chart below
Tuna ( Yellowfin)

Lower Mercury
Eat no more than six 6-oz servings per month:
Bass ( Striped, Black)
Carp
Cod ( Alaskan)
Croaker ( White Pacific)
Halibut ( Pacific and Atlantic) Jacksmelt ( Silverside)
Lobster
Mahi Mahi
Monkfish
Perch (freshwater)
Sablefish
Skate
Snapper
Sea Trout ( Weakfish)
Tuna (canned, chunk light)
Tuna (Skipjack)

Lowest Mercury
Enjoy two 6-oz servings per week:
Anchovies
Butterfish
Catfish
Clam
Crab (Domestic)
Crawfish/crayfish
Croaker
Flounder
Haddock
Hake
Herring
Mackeral (N Atlantic, Chub)
Mullet
Oysters
Perch (ocean)
Plaice
Salmon ( Canned, Fresh)
Sardines
Scallops
Shad ( American)
Shrimp
Sole
Squid ( Calamari)
Tilapia
Trout (freshwater)
Whitefish
Whiting

Tuna mercury levels can be different based on the type of tuna and where it was caught. The NRDC created the chart below as a guideline to how much tuna can be eaten by children, pregnant women or women wanting to conceive, based on their weight.

                       Weight in Pounds
                             Frequency

             White Albacore        Chunk Light
20lbs.    1 can/10 wks             1 can/3 wks
30lbs.    1 can/6 wks         1 can/2 wks
40lbs.     1 can/5 weeks         1 can/11 days
50lbs.     1 can/4 weeks          1 can/9 days
60lbs.       1 can/3 weeks          1 can/7 days
70lbs.      1 can/3 weeks           1 can/6 days
80lbs.      1 can/2 weeks           1 can/ 6 days
90lbs.     1 can/2 weeks            1 can/5 days
100lbs.     1 can/2 weeks           1 can/5 days
110lbs.     1 can/12 days           1 can/4 days
120lbs.    1 can/11 days            1 can/4 days
130lbs.    1 can/10 days             1 can/4 days
140lbs.    1 can/10 days            1 can/3 days
150lbs +.  1 can/9 days             1 can/3 days
140lbs.     1 can/10 days             1 can/3 days
150lbs +.   1 can/9 days.             1 can/3 days





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Seafoods high in mercury stay away from. You can eat a certain amount a seafood I am not sure of the exact number. But certain fishes and shellfish are ok to eat. Just dont over indulge.
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Thank you all so much! Its hard being pregnant for the first time and not knowing anything. I have to get my insurance figured out so i can finally see a doctor.
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