Something Smells Fishy

baby.JPGLow fish consumption has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight. What a fine kettle of fish we’re in now!

A study reported in the British Medical Journal finds that low consumption of fish early in pregnancy can mean higher odds of preterm delivery and low birth weight. The study included nearly 9,000 pregnant women in Denmark.

They found those who said they currently ate no fish were around 3 times more likely than those who ate the most fish to have premature delivery.

Although, women who ate at least some fish were less likely to deliver prematurely, and their babies tended to weigh more.

The Food and Drug Administration advises pregnant women to avoid eating fish which considered harmful to eat during pregnancy: shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. These fish may contain high levels of mercury. And mercury can potentially harm the developing fetal nervous system.

According to researchers, their results suggest for women who eat little or no fish, taking omega-3 fatty acids through fish oil supplements might help reduce the odds of premature delivery or low birth weight.

Pictured: For a healthy baby, consume omega-3 fatty acids.

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