Like everyone else, pregnant women should have two portions of fish each week, one of which should be an oil-rich fish. Fish provides a wide range of nutrients, including protein. In the UK, experts agree pregnant women need slightly more protein than those who aren’t pregnant to support the growth of their developing baby. Fish also contains lots of different vitamins and minerals. The Department of Health recommends pregnant women take a supplement containing 10mcg vitamin D each day, but eating the recommended one serving of oily fish each week can also boost intakes of this nutrient. Plus, oil-rich fish are a particularly rich source of long-chain omega-3 fats, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which contributes to normal brain development in babies and the maintenance of normal brain function. There are specific guidelines on the types and amounts of fish pregnant (and breastfeeding) women should have.
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