Birthing Briefs: Uncertainty Exists in Recommendations for Reducing Prenatal Exposure to Mercury

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Abstract:

The Environmnetal Working Group, Health Care Without Harm (1999) recommends that pregnant women avoid eating tuna, swordfish, or shark and that young children avoid eating more than one serving of tuna per week. Childbirth educators are in a unique position to educate women about the dangers of methylmercury exposure during pregnancy.

Keywords: fetal methylmercury exposure; mercury; pollution; pregnancy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1624/105812499X87358

Affiliations: MARY BETH FLANDERS-STEPANS is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.

Publication date: October 1, 1999

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