The Effects Of Pregnancy On The Development Of A Healthy Happy Baby

1340 Words Jun 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Prenatal development occurs when the single celled zygote develops into a full-term infant. This happens in a sequence of stages, which are primarily known as germinal, embryotic and the fetal stage. Each of the stages of prenatal development is very important to the development of a healthy happy baby. There are some agents that can potentially harm or disturb this crucial time for an infant, these agents are known as teratogens. Environmental factors such as mercury, air pollution and pesticides and personal choices such as consuming alcohol, caffeine and inhaling any tobacco products, can all impose risks. Pregnancy can be a very exciting and stressful time, especially for new mothers and any of these teratogens can be overlooked, new parents need to spend time researching the possible effects they can have on their new family member. Most of us are aware of the health benefits with consuming fish, they are filled with high quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential nutrients to help maintain a healthy heart and brain. Unfortunately with this benefit there are some risks, most fish contain mercury. For most people small traces of mercury will not harm you, but some fish do have levels that are capable of harming an unborn baby. According to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, NY (1997) prenatal exposure to methylmercury disrupts brain development. The most common mode of prenatal methylmercury exposure is maternal fish…

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