Study: Infants Are 24% Healthier When Mothers Take Fish Oil During Pregnancy.
Arguably, the only thing better than actually being pregnant is having a healthy pregnancy.
A new study published in the international journal on child health and wellness research, Pediatrics, shows that moms might have more influence over their pregnancies than was previously thought…just by taking fish oil.
Here are the study highlights:
- Moms that take DHA fish oil have healthier babies
- By 1 month, babies are 24% less likely to catch colds if mom’s take fish oil while pregnant
- At 3 months, babies spend 14% less time sick than those whose mom’s didn’t take fish oil
- By 6 months, babies still spend less time sick if mom’s took DHA while pregnant
The study included over 1,000 young pregnant women (18-35) and followed their babies health until they tuned 6 months old.
While pregnant, the moms took 400mg/day of DHA fish oil. The study didn’t look at the effects of food sources of omega-3, and in some instances, the baby’s health information came from personal accounts given by the moms.
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Here’s some food for thought
This study involved incredibly low doses of fish oil…in fact, the amounts used were actually lower than most recommended dosages.
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Women are usually warned against excessive seafood consumption during pregnancy because of an increased risk for exposure to toxins like mercury. Fish oil is not a safe guarantee against this risk…that’s why it’s important to take only high quality supplements.
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Also, it would be nice to know the moms’ total omega-3 levels during and after their pregnancies since she is the baby’s only source of omega-3.
Like all health & nutrition news that makes headlines, one study is seldom enough to warrant a change in lifestyle habits. People — especially mothers — can empower themselves by keeping up with research and talking to their doctors before adding nutritional and health supplements.