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September 2018

Fish Consumption During Pregnancy: An Opportunity, Not a Risk

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3Retired former Director of the Office of Seafood, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland
  • 4Retired former Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland
JAMA Pediatr. 2018;172(9):801-802. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1619

Advice issued in 2017 from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)1 recommends consuming 224 to 336 g (8-12 oz) (2-3 servings) per week of most types of commercially available fish during pregnancy, stating that “Fish and other protein-rich foods have nutrients that can help your child’s growth and development.” The 2017 advice recommends consumption of 2 to 3 servings of fish because of unspecified benefits for “growth and development.”

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