Can a pregnant woman eat amberjack fish?

Not Medical Advice: It is not recommended for pregnant women to eat it fish that contains high level of mercury such as amberjack or greater amberjack.

The FDA recommends that pregnant women can safely eat about 12 ounces of cooked fish each week. However they recommend not to eat fish that contains high level of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury, two contaminants that are particularly harmful to a developing fetus.

The FDA also suggests to choose wild-caught fish over farm-raised varieties whenever possible since farmed varieties, including abalone, are often raised in tanks or net enclosures that are stressful for the fish and may facilitate the spread of disease and contamination.

Also, these varieties tend to contain significantly higher concentrations of PCBs, dioxin and other contaminants.

List of wild-caught fish and other seafoods:

Anchovies

Atlantic herring

Atlantic mackerel

Crab (blue, Dungeness, snow, and stone)

Flounder

Herring

Mahi Mahi

Salmon

Scallops (bay)

Sardines

Shrimp (northern, Oregon and spot)

List of farm-raised fish and other seafoods:

Abalone

Catfish

Caviar

Clams

Mussels

Oysters

Scallops (both sea and bay)

Striped Bass

Sturgeon

Trout

Learn the Seafood Do's and Don'ts When Pregnant at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Making smart food choices can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Get Top Tips for Pregnancy Nutrition from WebMD.