Eat Fish; The Dangerous DeFISHency
By: Dr. Ashley S. Roman
Each day medical researchers discover more and more compelling evidence about the link between what you eat when you’re pregnant and your baby’s overall health and development. Believe it or not, by making certain foods a regular part of your diet you can enhance your baby’s fetal brain, eye, bone, motor, and behavioral skills development. But munching on carrot sticks and the occasional apple doesn’t quite cut it.
A recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Emily Oken specifically illustrates how eating fish leads to better infant motor and visual development. Dr. Oken and her team looked at 25,446 children born to mothers participating in a study that includes pregnant women enrolled from 1997-2002.
According to the study, children whose mothers ate fish during pregnancy were more likely to have better motor and cognitive skills. Compared with women who ate the least fish, women with the highest fish intake – about 60 grams or 2 ounces per day on average – had children who were 25 percent more likely to have higher developmental scores at 6 months and almost 30 percent more likely to have higher scores at 18 months.
According to researcher and obstetrician *Dr. Ashley Roman, MD, MPH, member of the New York University School of Medicine and fellow mom, there are “5 Powerhouse Nutrients Vital during Pregnancy” – all of which can be found in seafood like salmon and tuna.