If you sell seafood at your restaurant, you will inevitably come in contact with pregnant women concerned whether or not it is safe. During pregnancy the only thing you get more than designer baby clothes that the child won’t be able to appreciate is advice on what not to eat. Seafood is confusing to expectant mothers because it’s health benefits are touted as frequently as it is warned against. The key for servers is being able understand what the warnings are about and what seafood to caution against. Being able to concisely explain to expectant mothers what is and is not safe is relatively easy once you understand the reason for the warnings.
Seafood contains a great number of benefits for both mother and child. Seafood contains DHA a type of Omega-3 acid that actually helps with a child’s brain development. Seafood can also be high in calcium, iron, and vitamin D. It has also been linked to delaying premature births. For mothers, seafood is low in fat, but high in protein. The Omega-3s in seafood have even been shown to reduce post partum depression.
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