Can You Eat Fish Sticks While Pregnant? [Explained]

Verified by Edna Skopljak MD
Verified by Edna Skopljak MD

Edna Skopljak is a medical doctor and an editor at BJBMS medical journal. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology.

Some pregnant women crave comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, while others have more of a desire for Asian foods, including those you see in Asian television dramas. 

Whether you’re in the mood for something fried, baked or grilled, there’s no doubt that fish sticks are a favorite. 

They seem delicious, but you wonder if they’re safe to eat while pregnant. 

Can you eat fish sticks while pregnant?

Yes, you can enjoy fish sticks while pregnant. Fish sticks are usually made from cod, haddock, or pollock, which falls under the “Best Choices” by FDA recommendation due to their low mercury content. 

They also tend to be a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a pregnant woman’s diet. So, one or two servings of fish sticks are generally safe during pregnancy.

Of course, as with any food, it is vital to check the ingredients and nutrition labels before purchasing or consuming fish sticks while pregnant. 

Some brands may add unhealthy ingredients such as salt, preservatives, or fillers. It is always best to choose a brand that uses natural ingredients. 

When cooking fish sticks at home, be sure to cook them healthily and thoroughly by baking or grilling. And, as with any fish, avoid consuming fried fish sticks.

It would help if you also were cautious about the number of fish sticks you consume during pregnancy. 

While the low mercury content in these fish is generally considered safe, overeating seafood can increase your mercury exposure which is harmful to you and your developing baby. 

The FDA recommends that pregnant women limit their seafood intake to two to three average meals per week.

If you’re eating fish sticks as part of your weekly diet, be sure to limit yourself to no more than six fish sticks.

If you are concerned about consuming fish sticks or other seafood while pregnant, speak with your healthcare provider. 

They can offer expert guidance on how to enjoy a healthy and safe pregnancy diet.

Do frozen fish sticks have mercury?

 Frozen fish sticks are generally considered safe to eat during pregnancy. 

Typically, big companies test their fish for mercury before making them into fish sticks. 

Again, make sure you cook them thoroughly before eating and limit your intake to no more than six fish sticks per week. Eat them right after cooking, and don’t let them sit around for too long, as bacteria can start to grow.


Pregnant women can eat fish sticks, as they are generally made of fish low in mercury and a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Choose natural brands without unhealthy ingredients, cook them thoroughly, and limit your intake to no more than six sticks per week. As with any seafood, speak with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns.