Consuming fish during pregnancy helps child

Women who consumed fish during pregnancy gave birth to children with higher IQs and fewer behavioral problems, according to a study published in Lancet.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have urged pregnant women to limit their seafood consumption. But the researchers, led by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, found that women who did so had children with lower IQs and an increased risk of behavioral problems.

Seafood contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to the development of a child's neurological system.

Get the Story:
Fish in Mother's Diet Benefits Child, Study Finds (The Washington Post 2/16)

Get the Study:
Maternal seafood consumption in pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes in childhood (ALSPAC study): an observational cohort study (The Lancet 2007; 369:578-585)

Relevant Links:
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -
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