Don’t eat shark, marlin and swordfish, and limit the amount of tuna you eat to:
These types of fish contain high levels of mercury that can damage your baby’s developing nervous system. Don’t eat more than two portions of oily fish a week. Oily fish includes fresh tuna (but not canned tuna), salmon, mackerel, sardines and trout.
Advice about avoiding mercury poisoning has been specifically developed for the Australian population. It is based on information about our diets, the fish we commonly eat and their mercury content. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) advises pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy, to eat a variety of fish as part of a healthy diet. However, they should limit their intake of certain types of fish.
Eat cooked rather than raw shellfish as they can contain harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause food poisoning and have a higher risk of listeria contamination. The shellfish should be cooked at time of consumption.