Pregnancy can be a very exciting time for most people. It can also make some people feel anxious about what they should (or should not) be doing for their own and their baby's health. And fish can be one of the things that needs to be put into consideration.
Women appear to be eating less fish contaminated with mercury, without decreasing the amount of fish they eat overall, suggesting that they are heeding the advice of health and environmental agencies and advocates seeking to protect the next generation from exposure to this potent neurotoxin.
Mercury is passed from mother to child, and can lead to permanent brain damage, lowered IQ and other health problems. The main way people are exposed to mercury is through eating fish–but not all fish are contaminated. THose fish at the top of the food chain, as well as sportsfish caught in some lakes, tend to have the highest amount of mercury.
There is longstanding (but sometimes confusing advice) about how much and which types of fish to eat.
The study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that blood mercury levels in women of childbearing age dropped 34 percent in surveys between 2001-2010, compared to surveys in 1999 …