Re “Dispelling Pregnancy Myths: Eating for 1.5” (Personal Health, July 24):
Pregnant women have enough to worry about without being misled about the impact of seafood on the health of their unborn babies. Although the F.D.A. and E.P.A. continue to counsel expectant mothers to stay away from some fish species, evidence is mounting that this is unwise.
In one government-funded study published this year, pregnant women who ate far more fish than government advisories permit had children with the highest IQs and the best developmental scores.
What’s good about fish - for both mother and child - far outweighs what we fear about fish. Decades from now, today’s pregnant women will be kicking themselves for overreacting to constantly shifting government warnings.