Know the Facts About Fish
Regularly eating the wrong kind of fish, even a year before conception, can be harmful to your unborn child. If you're trying to conceive, find the best times for sex with our Fertility Calculator.
Some fish contain high levels of mercury, which is toxic to a developing baby, and can take a year to leave the body. Women hoping to conceive within the next year should avoid eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel, or tilefish—the kinds of fish with the highest levels of mercury, according to the FDA. Also choose light canned tuna rather than albacore, which is higher in mercury. And be sure to check the safety of fish in local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas before eating it. As for other fish not on the high-mercury list, the FDA says eating up to 12 ounces of fish that are low in mercury weekly is safe. Shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, Pollock, and catfish are all low in mercury.