Taking fish oil during pregnancy boosts kids’ growth
The children of women who take fish oil supplement during pregnancy gain healthy weight more quickly for the first six years of their lives, according to a new study.
Researchers at Copenhagen University found that when mothers took the pills during the later stages of pregnancy, their children had higher body mass indexes (BMI), but for those first years, they gained no more body fat than other children.
These chains of fatty acids are crucial to the way a baby’s brain develops, both in the womb and during the first few months of life during breastfeeding.
For adults, some studies have suggested that fatty acids from fish may also help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease.
A number of previous studies have shown that taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy and breast feeding seems to be protective of babies’ birth weights.