2006-12-21 Fish Oil for Moms May Benefit Babies - Fish Oil Supplements During Pregnancy Improved Babies’ Hand-Eye Coordination in Australian Study


Mothers who take fish oil supplements during pregnancy may improve their baby's hand-eye coordination and boost brain development.

A new study shows babies born to women who took fish oil supplements rich in omega-3 fatty acids during the last half of pregnancy had better hand-eye coordination as toddlers than babies born to women who took olive oil supplements containing other types of omega fatty acids.

Researchers say the type of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are essential for normal brain and vision development, but few studies have looked at the safety or potential benefits of supplementing pregnant women’s diets with fish oil.(Read entire article)

2006-01-23 Fish Consumption By Mom Makes Babies Smarter?


Perhaps the most startling finding was that the children of those women who had consumed the smallest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids during their pregnancies had verbal IQs six points lower than average. That may not sound much, but it would have a serious effect on a country's brainpower if it were widespread. And the finding is particularly pertinent because existing dietary advice to pregnant women, at least in America, is that they should limit their consumption of seafood in order to avoid exposing their fetuses to trace amounts of brain-damaging methyl mercury. Ironically, that means they avoid one of the richest sources of omega-3s. (Read entire article)