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Wait, is Tuna During Pregnancy OK Now?

Recently, Time magazine published an article suggesting that maybe, just maybe, swearing off tuna night during pregnancy wasn't necessary. The article featured an observational study demonstrating a correlation between pregnant women consuming fish such as tuna and protective effects on cognitive development and autism symptoms for the developing offspring. Results concluded: "...the umbilical cord blood test revealed higher amounts of mercury and DHA for people who ate more large fatty fish, but researchers didn’t see negative associations with mercury and the child’s neurodevelopment. It seems that our mercury indicator is telling more about fish consumption, and the positive effect of fish consumption, than the neurotoxic effects of mercury... The benefits tapered off when fish consumption was higher than 600 grams."

So, should we go ahead and book ourselves a reservation at our favorite seafood restaurant stat? Not exactly. Here's why:

  • This study introduced in the TIME magazine article is an observational study, which means that the data collected has its own cons -- thus, requiring additional research to further validate findings.
  • We have to be aware of our genetic predisposition. While this may be a whole other conversation, my advice is that during your pregnancy, you should do what you are comfortable doing and have already been doing for your body. i.e. Don't try anything new.
  • Please be cognizant at the portion and serving intake of seafood especially during pregnancy. If you're able, keep a record the portion and type of fish.
  • Consuming low mercury fish is advisable and if you're able to include it in your diet during pregnancy (assuming you've eaten it prior to pregnancy), it's recommended to continue.
  • With any new piece of advice, take it lightly until it has been validated consistently!

While we're eager to see more exploration in this area, the dietary guidelines advising pregnant women to include 2-3 servings of seafood containing low mercury (updated in 2015) haven't really changed. According to that study, "... moderate fish intake suggest that maternal fish consumption during pregnancy may benefit offspring cognition in infancy but that exposure to higher levels of mercury has adverse effects on child cognition. These findings, based on a relatively small group of women, merit further investigation and verification in other populations consuming moderate amounts of seafood. Meanwhile, we recommend that women continue to consume fish during pregnancy but seek out varieties with lower levels of mercury."

One of our main goals as mothers is to encourage our children to learn, grow and play. They start out as our tiny, adorable babies who need us for everything, and somehow, before you know it, they grow into toddlers with ideas and opinions and desires of their own.

You may be hearing a lot more of "I do it!" or maybe they're pushing your hand away as a signal to let you know, I don't need your help, Mama. That's okay. They're just telling you they're ready for more independence. They want to be in charge of their bodies, and any little bit of control their lives and abilities allow.

So, instead of challenging your toddler's desire for autonomy, we found five of our favorite products to help encourage independence—and eliminate frustration in the process.

EKOBO Bamboo 4-piece kid set

EKOBO bamboo 4-piece kid set

This colorful set includes a plate, cup, bowl and spoon and is just right for your child's meal experience. Keep them in an easy-to-reach cabinet so they'll feel encouraged (and excited!) to get their own place setting each time they eat.

$25

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Puj PhillUp hangable kids cups

Before you know it, your little one will be asking (okay, maybe demanding) to fill their own water cups. This amazing 4-pack of cups attaches directly to the fridge (or any glass, metal, tile or fiberglass surface) making it easier for your child to grab a cup themselves. Just be sure a water pitcher or dispenser is nearby, and—boom!—one task off your plate.

$29

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

Wise Elk puzzle tower blocks

These beautiful blocks, made from sustainably-sourced wood and water-based, non-toxic, lead-free paint, will keep your little one focused on their creation while they're also busy working on their fine-motor skills. The puzzle design will encourage patience as your kiddo creates their own building, fitting one block in after the next.

$18

Lorena Canals basket

Lorena Canals Basket

This *gorgeous* braided cotton basket is the perfect, accessible home for their blocks (and whatever else you want to hide away!) so your kiddo can grab them (and clean them up) whenever their heart desires.

$29

BABYBJÖRN step stool

BABYBJ\u00d6RN Step Stool

Your kiddo might be ready to take on the world, but they might need an extra boost to do so—cue, a step stool! An easy-to-move lightweight stool is the must-have confidence-boosting tool you need in your home so your growing tot can reach, well... the world.

$20

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