Preg­nancy and Christ­mas din­ner

Woman's Own - - ASK THE DOCTOR -

Q My daugh­ter and her hus­band are com­ing to us for Christ­mas. She is 20 weeks preg­nant. We are all very ex­cited and I am busy plan­ning menus but just wanted to check a few di­etary things. She loves fish and I seem to re­mem­ber that there are some she should avoid.

A You are right – preg­nant women should avoid sword­fish, mar­lin and shark, as they are likely to be higher in mer­cury, and she should limit her­self to two fresh tuna steaks or four medium-sized cans of tuna per week. Sushi is fine as long as the fish has been frozen first, as freez­ing kills any worms in the fish.

En­sure the fish used for sushi has been frozen

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