FishWhat You Need To Know

Fish is a great source of nutrients including protein, vitamins, and minerals, which are important for a healthy pregnancy. However, some fish contain mercury, which can be harmful to a developing baby’s brain and nervous system. To stay safe while enjoying the benefits of fish, here are some tips:

What To Avoid
High mercury:Avoid fish with high mercury levels, usually larger, predatory, fish. Do not eat king mackerel, tuna (Bigeye, Ahi), swordfish, tilefish or shark. These fish have high levels of mercury.
Safer Choices
Local guidance:Check local advisories about the safety of fish caught by family and friends in your local lakes, rivers, and coastal areas
Chunk light tuna:Eat chunk light tuna instead of white albacore tuna. Do not eat more than two cans of chunk light tuna a week.
Low mercury:Some of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are: salmon, pollock, catfish and canned light tuna.
Healthy and sustainably caught:Choose seafood that has healthy fat, fewer chemicals and is sustainably caught such as wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and herring.
Cook fish properly:Make sure to cook fish thoroughly to kill any harmful bacteria that might be present.
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.