40 WEEKS Award-Winning Documentary Team to Provide Pregnancy Nutrition Information to Expecting Families
Today 40 Weeks, the first film to delve into the milestones of pregnancy on a week-by-week basis, and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) have joined together to provide essential pregnancy nutrition information, including the latest advice about eating fish to expectant mothers. On a mission to serve the health and wellness of moms and babies across America, 40 Weeks and NFI are proud to bring this film, along with a webisode and rich website content, to women through the eyes of real moms-to-be.
"When I was pregnant with my daughter, I could not find a movie to guide me through the journey and help answer the questions I had," said Dominique Debroux, Co-Producer of 40 Weeks. Executive Producer Kathryn Rolston stated, "We are thrilled to have the National Fisheries Institute sponsor this effort and bring important information about a healthy pregnancy diet, including fish, to families nationwide."
Both 40 Weeks and NFI believe knowledge is power, and providing women with knowledge about the best nutrition available to them will result in a healthier baby and mother. Research suggests that eating at least two 4-ounce servings (the size of a smartphone or a deck of cards) of fish per week can have significant health benefits for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and their developing babies. These benefits can include improved brain and eye development in babies and reduced risk of depression and heart disease for mothers. Yet, many moms-to-be are afraid to eat fish during pregnancy because of conflicting information. As a result, many unnecessarily reduce or eliminate fish from their diets. The resources available from 40 Weeks and NFI address how moms-to-be can be informed about the role of fish in a healthy pregnancy diet and easy ways to eat more seafood.
Available for The First Time today, the webisode follows the real-life experiences of expecting mothers Phoebe and Vicki as they learn the truth about eating fish during pregnancy. As they are surprised to see that fish is an excellent source of the additional nutrients needed throughout their pregnancies, Phoebe and Vicki consult with registered dietitian, Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD to make convenient, delicious meals. Additionally, obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Gabriela Siegel dispels the misinformation about eating fish during pregnancy and delivers facts for both moms and dads.