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Andersson, Liselott
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Wennberg, M., Ruuth, A., Andersson, L. & Bergdahl, I. A. (2018). Mercury concentrations in pregnant women in circumpolar Sweden (Kiruna). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mercury concentrations in pregnant women in circumpolar Sweden (Kiruna)
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Abstract [en]

High exposure to mercury have been found in populations living in circumpolar areas, due to high consumption of sea food and accumulation of mercury closer to the north pole. The developing fetus is especially sensitive to effects of mercury. Exposure to mercury has previously been examined in pregnant women in Sweden, but not in pregnant women residing in Sweden north of the polar circle.

In the years 2015-2016, mercury was measured in whole blood from 51 pregnant women living in the city of Kiruna in circumpolar Sweden, taking part in an international comparison between eight circumpolar countries. This report presents the Swedish results on mercury concentrations and associations with some exposure determinants. Also, compliance to dietary advice on fish consumption, appointed to fertile women, was examined.

The median concentration of total-Hg in whole blood was 0.40 μg/L (min, max; <0.40, 1.88) among the 51 pregnant women in Kiruna. This is similar or lower compared to concentrations of mercury in pregnant women in other parts of Sweden. None of the women in the study had concentrations of mercury that are considered as dangerous.

Mercury concentrations were associated with total fish consumption but not to consumption of predatory fish, known to be higher in mercury. All of the women in the study had knowledge about dietary advice on fish consumption. One woman exceeded the recommended consumption of predatory fish, limited due to risk of high mercury content, but this woman did not have high concentrations of mercury. While the vast majority of women thus followed the recommendations of not eating too much polluted fish, only 15 % of the women reported sufficient fish consumption to comply with the dietary advice (2-3 times/week).

In conclusion, pregnant women in circumpolar Sweden have low exposure to mercury, and do not deviant from pregnant women in other parts of Sweden. Knowledge about dietary advice on fish consumption appointed to fertile women is very good. The public health concern though, is that pregnant women in circumpolar Sweden do not eat enough fish.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2018. p. 16
Yrkes- och miljömedicin i umeå rapporterar, ISSN 1654-7314 ; 2018:3
National Category
Occupational Health and Environmental Health
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-147733 (URN)
Available from: 2018-05-16 Created: 2018-05-16 Last updated: 2018-08-21Bibliographically approved
Andersson, L., Sundström-Poromaa, I., Wulff, M., Åström, M. & Bixo, M. (2004). Implications of antenatal depression and anxiety for obstetric outcome. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 104(3), 467-476
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Implications of antenatal depression and anxiety for obstetric outcome
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2004 (English)In: Obstetrics and Gynecology, ISSN 0029-7844, E-ISSN 1873-233X, Vol. 104, no 3, p. 467-476Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the obstetric outcome and health care consumption during pregnancy, delivery, and the early postpartum period in an unselected population-based sample of pregnant women diagnosed with antenatal depressive and/or anxiety disorders, compared with healthy subjects. METHODS: Participants were 1,495 women attending 2 obstetric clinics in Northern Sweden. The Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders was used to evaluate depressive and anxiety disorders in the second trimester of pregnancy. To assess demographic characteristics, obstetric outcome, and complications, the medical records of the included women were reviewed. RESULTS: Significant associations were found between depression and/or anxiety and increased nausea and vomiting, prolonged sick leave during pregnancy and increased number of visits to the obstetrician, specifically, visits related to fear of childbirth and those related to contractions. Planned cesarean delivery and epidural analgesia during labor were also significantly more common in women with antenatal depression and/or anxiety. CONCLUSION: There is an association between antenatal depressive and/or anxiety disorders and increased health care use (including cesarean deliveries) during pregnancy and delivery.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004
Adult, Anxiety, Depression, Female, Humans, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Pregnancy Outcome
National Category
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16442 (URN)10.1097/01.AOG.0000135277.04565.e9 (DOI)000225415200007 ()15339755 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2007-09-28 Created: 2007-09-28 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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