Pregnant and breast-feeding women should consume at least 12 ounces of fish and seafood per week for optimal brain development of fetuses, infants and young children, according to guidelines to be released on Thursday by the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, the Washington Post reports. The coalition is a not-for-profit group with nearly 150 members, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, CDC and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
According to the Post, the coalition's guidelines on consumption of seafood during pregnancy and immediately after pregnancy "are at odds" with current FDA and Environmental Protection Agency guidelines (Squires, Washington Post, 10/4). FDA and EPA in 2005 issued warnings that advise young children, pregnant women, nursing women and women of childbearing age to avoid consuming swordfish, king mackerel, shark and tilefish because of high mercury levels. The warnings also recommend that those groups no more than 12 ounces of fish weekly and eat no more than six ounces of canned albacore tuna weekly.
You may have noticed, we are incredibly disturbed by the alarmist nature of most pregnancy research. “Watch Out For Cholesterol, It Could Make Your Unborn Baby Violent.” Any way, this news item gets into the danger zone. Refuting a finding made a few years before is a little confusing and possibly dangerous. Why is Science such a jerk? Maybe we should pick a few things and stick with them. Would it really be a big deal if the world was still flat?