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Fish Oil And Pregnancy: The Effect On Babies

By Danielle Sullivan |

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Will you take Omega-3 supplements based on this study?

How much fish do you eat? Did you eat it while pregnant? If you did, or took Omega-3 supplements, you just might have helped improve your baby’s health.A new study says that women who consume fish oil-type supplements during pregnancy may decrease the number of colds and the duration of colds early in their baby’s life.

In the September issue of Pediatrics, the study says that “cold symptoms occurred 24% less often among babies whose mothers took docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) pills during pregnancy (odds ratio 0.76, 95% confidence interval 0.58 to 1.00) according to  Usha Ramakrishnan, PhD, of Emory University in Atlanta.

On top of that, symptoms resolved faster throughout the first six months of life for the supplement group compared with the placebo group.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids like DHA are becoming more widely known for its health benefits, from heart health to improve thyroid function, so non-fish eaters can still wreak the benefits.  The authors of the study day that the omega supplements “may influence fetal and infant immune function.

Will this study influence your consumption of fish or Omega-3 supplements? Or do you take these studies with a grain of salt and just try to eat as healthy as possible?

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6 thoughts on “Fish Oil And Pregnancy: The Effect On Babies

  1. Stacia says:

    I take DHA, nightly, as well as a Lecithin capsule every few days. (That one doesn’t like my digestive system very well, lol!) Mostly because I DON’T eat right!!

  2. Danielle Sullivan says:

    My mom takes the supplements daily, too, because she doesn’t eat fish. I’ve heard amazing results from them so far, considering myself.

  3. mama b says:

    I took fish oil with both of my pregnancies and my children were both much healthier and ahead on most developmental things as babies, I also suffered much less “baby blues” than other women I know. I still take them because for me I realized that if I stop taking them I start feeling slightly crazy, they are really beneficial to brain function which I why I took them while pregnant. I read numerous studies about the positive effects on maternal and fetal health from Omega-3s. Many show a correlation between not consuming enough and leading to PPD, basically the developing fetus robs the mother of any and all Omega 3 during brain development in the third trimester. I take Nordic Naturals they taste like lemon, are triple filtered and don’t give me fish burps(blech).

  4. Shandeigh says:

    Well, that explain why my little guy has only has two colds in 18 mos of life. I went completely overboard on vitamins and supplements since I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was 4 months along, and I was a smoker and I had a couple of a drinks and was completely neurotic that he’d have 3 heads or something.

  5. Lauren says:

    If you read the abstract from the actual study, the presence of other illnesses (rash) and symptoms (vomiting) went up in the dha group at certain age intervals. While dha might be a great thing to take for you and your baby, I think it’s a good idea to read ALL the findings from the actual study before making a decision! :)

  6. Sarah Hill says:

    I take these high quality omega 3 fish oils: http://shop.purematters.com/omega-3-fish-oils/p/816116010570/ but I stopped when pregnant. Event though they are great supplements, you never know how your body/baby is going to react.

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