Study Calls for Change in Guidance About Eating Fish During Pregnancy
Summary: Essential nutrients found in fish counteract and provide neuroprotection against mercury in fish, researchers report. The new study says eating fish during pregnancy can help provide essential nutrients to the developing fetus.
Source: University of Bristol
A woman’s mercury level during pregnancy is unlikely to have an adverse effect on the development of the child provided that the mother eats fish, according to a new University of Bristol-led study.
The findings, which drew together analyses on over 4,131 pregnant mothers from the Children of the 90s study in the UK, with similar detailed studies in the Seychelles, are published in NeuroToxicology.
Importantly, the researchers also found that it does not appear to matter which types of fish are eaten because the essential nutrients in the fish could be protective against the mercury content of the fish. The more important factor was whether the woman ate fish or not. This contrasts with current advice warning pregnant women not to eat certain types of fish that have relatively high levels of mercury.