Fish Oil in Pregnancy Helps Fetus Grow
Scientists have discovered that eating large amounts
of fish during the later stages of pregnancy might increase
fetus growth but doesnt extend the duration of
A study conducted involved 11,580 women who found the
more fish they consumed at the 32-week mark in their
pregnancy the lower the likelihood of restricted growth
in the baby. One researcher stated these findings supported
the data that increasing the intake of fish or omega-3
fatty acids while a woman was pregnant increased the
fetal growth rate.
The women in the study were questioned on the amount
of fish they ate and the levels of omega-3 fatty acids
were then measured by the fish intake the pregnant women
Results from the study showed that women ate 33 grams
of fish on average, which was equal to around one-third
of a tiny can of tuna each day and to 0.15 grams of
omega-3 fatty acids. Some experts have recommended fish
as a rich source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are
considered essential for cell function.
Some of the other sources of omega-three fatty acids
include canola oil, flaxseed and flaxseed oil and nuts.
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health June 2004;58(6):486-92