Consumption of seafood and preterm delivery

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1279 (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1279

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Encouraging pregnant women to eat fish did not show effect

  1. Michel Odent (modent@aol.com), director,
  2. Suzanne Colson, research midwife,
  3. Paul De Reu, research midwife
  1. Primal Health Research Centre, London NW3 2JR
  2. Healthnet of Cuba, Missouri, 6744 Clayton Road, St Louis, MO 6311, USA

    EDITOR—Should we routinely encourage all pregnant women to consume sea fish or to increase their consumption of sea fish? This is the main practical question inspired by the study by Olsen and Secher.1

    In 1991-2, in the antenatal clinic of Whipps Cross Hospital in east London, we randomly encouraged 499 pregnant women (before 20 weeks) to increase their consumption of sea fish. Each woman was matched with a control who had had the same number of births. We could not detect any …

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