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Mercury poisoning in Pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am 5 weeks pregnant and just had fish at someone's house. I was told it was safe but it was King fish. I just read it was very toxic and high in mercury. What shall I do now? Shall I try and throw up?? Help! I do not want to harm my baby.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   How long ago did yo have it?
User :   around 2-3 hours ago
User :   a big piece too
User :   Is there something I can do to dilute the bad effect. I don't care. I can try to make myself vomit too. I am so stressed about this.
Doctor :   Do you experience any symptoms such as vomiting, muscle cramps, tingling sensation, muscular weakness, confusion, disorientation?
User :   no
User :   I am concerned about the mercury affecting the baby's neurological system.
User :   Should I be trying to long does it take to the fish still in my stomach?
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Digestion of the starts by 2 hours and is complete by 4 to 6 hours.
Doctor :   I do not think vomiting can help you much.
User :   ok so what do you suggest I do?
Doctor :   Having said this mercury toxicity happens with large supplements and with chronic usage.
User :   yes can it occur with what I ate tonight too?
Doctor :   The chances of mercury toxicity is rare with one piece of fish.
Doctor :   Having said this, there are 2 approaches now
Doctor :   1. Get to a doctor and get your mercury levels checked.
User :   okay well that is reassuring...I will never do that again...
User :   okay...and if my mercury levels are high...what then??
Doctor :   If the levels are high, you will be given a chelating agent that will bring down the effects of mercury.
User :   ok and the second option?
Doctor :   2. Mercury toxitiy
Doctor :   Is indicated by the presence of symptoms such as vision impairment, tingling and numbness, confusion, imbalance while walking, muscle weakness , speech disturbances and so on.
User : basically I should relax, ask for a mercury test at my appointment in 2 weeks and do eat that again
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   watch out for these symptoms.
User :   ok...thank you! Goodnight
Doctor :   Get an ultrasound scan done in your first trimester of pregnancy, that will confirm normal development of pregnancy.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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