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Should Pregnant Women Eat Fish? Exploring Prenatal Exposures to Chemicals

11/26/2014 | Harvard C-CHANGE

A video series exploring the impact of fish, mercury, and other chemical exposures on pregnant women and their babies.

Should Pregnant Women Eat Fish?
(Part 1)

Detangling this sometimes-confusing question for moms-to-be.

Watch this video to understand:

  • Why is fish important to a developing fetus?
  • How can mercury harm a developing fetus?
  • How do fish become contaminated with mercury?
  • Should pregnant women eat fish?
  • If so, what kinds, and how much?

Chemical Exposures and Baby’s Long-term Health (Part 2)

How something that happened to your mother before you were born can influence your life.

Watch this video to understand:

  • Why it is that what a pregnant woman is exposed to matters for her baby’s long-term health.
  • How factors such as what a mother eats, how much weight she gains while pregnant, and if she smokes can program the appetite of a child, how much fat the fetus gains, and the amount of body fat the child gains later in life.

Eating Fish While Pregnant—Understanding the Big Picture (Part 3)

Why it’s important to look at resesarch findings in the context of what other studies have shown.

Watch this video to learn:

  • Why crafting recommendations based on research becomes an important part of communicating a study’s results.
  • Why fish consumption is a complex issue for pregnant women.

How Researchers Determine Benefits and Harm of Fish (Part 4)

Exploring a series of research studies that aim to explain the important role fish plays in early childhood development.

Watch this video to understand:

  • How a continuum of research studies was designed to help us learn about the effects of consuming fish on both mom and baby.
  • The complexity of measuring the benefits of consuming fish while pregnant.
  • The difference between observational and intervention studies.