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Study links mercury and premature births
A new study of over 1,000 pregnant Michigan women has found that those with hair samples containing high levels of mercury are three times more likely to give birth prematurely. The study acknowledges that pregnant women often receive mixed messages about fish- while they can benefit from unsaturated fatty acids and protein, they are also exposed to hazardous mercury.
While this is the first community-based study to investigate the dangers of mercury for pregnant women, it is only one of many to call into question the risks pregnant women face from mercury exposure.