Don’t worry about the mercury — at least not as much as you may have been.

That’s the latest advice from the FDA which is now swimming away from advice dating back to 2004 — which was that pregnant women, nursing moms, and young children limit their intake of certain types of fish.

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The problem turned out that many interpreted “limit” as “avoid like the plague” and fish intake sank like a stone.

The feds say these groups really need the Omega 3 fatty acids found in many types of fish, especially since research shows these fatty acids encourage brain growth and raise IQ.

So the new advice: three servings a week for pregnant and nursing women, and two servings for young kids.

The types deemed safest:

– Salmon
– Tilapia
– Shrimp
– Cod

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Light canned tuna (not albacore — that’s still on the limit list for this group)

Fish sticks — that’s right — as long as it’s the low fat variety.

Now how about the ones you don’t want to hook onto your menu:

– Swordfish
– Shark
– King Mackerel
-Tilefish

Key point here: Don’t rely on fish oil caps for your omega three fatty acids. Fish has other benefits not found in a pill.

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In the meantime, stay tuned for the next shift in medical advice. We’re always casting in different directions.