A new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology seems to confirm the notion that fish-based omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in proper fetal development. Dr. Mark A. Klebanoff from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and his team found that pregnant women who eat two-to-three servings of fatty fish a week are about 40 percent less likely to deliver early than women who eat less than one serving of fatty fish a month.
For the study, Klebanoff and his team evaluated 852 women who were already at high risk of delivering early. Seventy percent of the women said they ate at least one half-serving of fish per week during the first four or five months of pregnancy, while the rest said they ate fish no more than once a month during pregnancy. Thirty-six percent of the half-serving-minimum group ended up delivering early, while 49 percent of the once-monthly-or-less group delivered early. Continue reading