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There has been speculation about a link between exposure to mercury during pregnancy and autism spectrum disorders, but limited data to support the theory. Researchers studied nearly 1800 mother/child pairs in the Republic of Seychelles, where people eat fish-rich diets and mercury levels are 10-20 higher than in the U.S. There was no association between exposure to mercury from eating a fish-rich diet during pregnancy and autism-like behaviors among 10-year-old children.
Dietary Patterns, n-3 Fatty Acids Intake from Seafood and High Levels of Anxiety Symptoms during Pregnancy: Findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and ChildrenAuthors: Juliana dos Santos Vaz, et al. / Journal: PLOS One, July 2013
Excessive anxiety during pregnancy is associated with low birth weight, shorter length of gestation, and negative effects on infant brain development, including stress regulation. Among over 9,500 pregnant women in the UK, those with no intake of omega-3s from seafood had a 53% greater likelihood of high levels of anxiety when compared to pregnant women who got at least 1.5 grams omega-3s from seafood per week.
The health benefits attributed to the consumption of long chain omega-3s are enormous, and there is a global consensus on the recommendation of eating two fish meals per week. Apart from Inuit of Nunavik and the Japanese, people are not meeting these recommended intakes of fish and omega-3s. People, especially pregnant women, need to be targeted and educated on the importance of fish-based omega-3s.