Important Seafood Guidelines for Expectant Mothers

Expectant mothers and parents of young children have more information to help them make good seafood choices. This handy infographic has the new seafood guidelines as suggested by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These suggestions are based upon mercury content, which is known to be especially harmful to child development.

FDA seafood guidelines

Be sure to share this with anyone who may be concerned with their mercury intake while pregnant. There is a growing amount of evidence suggesting that eating fish in moderation during pregnancy has major benefits to development.

Seafood Guidelines for Mercury Content and Serving Sizes


Pregnant or not, this chart is a good resource for anyone concerned with their mercury intake. I’m not particularly concerned about mercury, so I’ll go on eating swordfish. Also take notice that canned albacore tuna is listed as a “good choice” in comparison to some of the scary language online about canned tuna’s mercury content. I also like their graphic to show what a serving size is supposed to be.

Seafood Guidelines for Children

The benefits of seafood in a child’s diet are numerous. Grandma was right when she told you “fish is brain food.” This FDA infographic is a great place to start learning about seafood’s role in a child’s health.

Seafood Guidelines Children

FDA Updated Seafood List

On another note, the FDA has also updated its seafood list. This is a very useful resource that lists the accepted common and market names for fish species within US interstate commerce. It’s fun to search and find out how many different fish can be sold generically as “sole” or “bass.” Some species have links for more information. Take a look for instance at the link to escolar. Don’t let anyone tell you that escolar and white tuna are the same thing.