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Is It Safe To Eat Fish While Pregnant? Here's What Scientists Suggest

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It's one of the most discussed food items during pregnancy. It's been shown to aid fetal brain development, but also carries risks. What does science really say about the pros and cons of eating fish while pregnant?

First, it's worth noting the type of information that has led to some expectant mothers choosing to avoid fish, in recent years. In 2016, JAMA Pediatrics released a study which found that high consumption of fish during pregnancy was linked to an increased risk of rapid growth and childhood obesity in young children. According to this study, "fish is...a common source of human exposure to persistent organic pollutants, which may exert endocrine-disrupting properties and contribute to obesity development."