Maternal fish consumption, as well as, residence can influence placental mercury concentration. The highest placental mercury was found in areas within bauxitic soil.
Objective: Mercury is a neurotoxin that is introduced to pregnant women from the soil, air pollutants and fish intake. Mercury in the placenta can be a biomarker for both maternal and fetal exposure. The objective of this study was to investigate how dietary patterns and environmental conditions can affect mercury concentration levels in the human placenta.