Healthy Eating While Pregnant – Part 2 of 3
For example, current guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration recommends that pregnant women limit consumption of fish to twice a week. But in June, the FDA announced that it plans to update those recommendations and register that pregnant women eat a minimum of two to three servings a week of fish known to be low in mercury. The FDA says these embrace shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish.
So “It’s not clear that the current recommendation of limiting your fish intake is actually warranted, based on the going round data,” said Dr Laura Riley, medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “This study is again raising that same question. Is this in actuality that bad? Do you need to take into consideration the beneficial effects of eating fish?” However, Riley isn’t convinced that fish oil might protect against mercury.
And “More analysis needs to be done before you can convince me that the fish is actually protective. I want to see the data”. The new study focused on the Seychelles, a cluster of islands east of Africa, where fish is a dietary staple. Researchers followed more than 1500 mothers and their children. At 20 months after birth, the children underwent a battery of tests designed to evaluation their communication, behavior and motor skills.