Is This Chicken … or Tuna?

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When I was pregnant with my son I had two foods that I craved all the time – waffles and tuna melt sandwiches. My hubby knew when he was getting ready for work (at 6am) that he needed to make me a tuna melt before he left. I had heard that tuna wasn’t really that great to eat while pregnant – but I ate all kinds of things that were on the ‘no-no’ list while pregnant (sushi, cold-cut sandwiches).

According to what I’ve read previously – pregnant women shouldn’t eat more than 18oz of tuna per month. But – recently there has been a scientific study done that proves that pregnant women who ate less than 12 ounces of seafood (including healthy tuna) weekly were 50 percent more likely or have symptoms of depression.

Depression during pregnancy can have serious effects on a woman’s health and that of her baby; emerging science suggests that depression during pregnancy may increase the risk of having a caesarian section, delivering a premature or low-birth-weight baby and a higher chance of having depression after pregnancy.

Not eating seafood during pregnancy appears to be associated with high levels of depression because marine foods like fish are the only naturally rich source of a special omega-3 fatty acid called DHA. In addition to better mental health in adults, DHA is needed for the very best possible brain and eye development in babies.

Seafood also has many other nutrients that benefit pregnant moms and their growing babies. It’s an excellent source of lean protein and is rich in vitamin D and calcium which are needed for a healthy pregnancy. In addition, seafood like canned tuna and salmon are affordable and convenient options for moms eating lunch on the go or making a quick meal for the family.

I’m not sure if my obsession with tuna during pregnancy helped me or hurt me since I was already dealing with depression before I got pregnant and it continued on after I had given birth.

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  1. further proof that you can never trust doctors…or health studies, because they always tend to contradict each other. 😉

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