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Eight months pregnant with her third child,  Jessa Martinez knows a lot about what fish to eat.

"I stay away from the larger fish…."

The concern is bigger fish have higher mercury levels which can harm a developing brain. Now The Food and Drug administration and the Environmental Protection Agency are trying to clear up questions so more pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as children eat more fish.

"We know that fish and fatty acids are very important for the development of the neurologic system including the brain, eyes," says Dr. Angela Bianco of Mount Sinai Hospital.

The new guidelines recommend eating at least 8 ounces of seafood low in mercury two to three times a week.

Some fish lower in mercury are shrimp, salmon, tilapia and cod, which are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Health officials say avoid swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel and shark which are high in mercury.

"Canned tuna is fine even deep sea tuna one serving a week would be fine," says Dr. Bianco.

The government hopes the new recommendations will get more children and pregnant women eating fish.

"I'm a fish lover, so the more fish the better as long as it's safe," says Martinez.

And Jessa says she tries hard to get her two young boys to eat fish, but that's not always easy.
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