In one of the largest studies of its kind to date, it was found that health risks in children could decrease by as much as 30 percent.
Every pregnant woman wishes to give birth to a healthy baby who will thrive. Conditions such as food allergies and asthma are on the rise, though. It can be hard to predict what unseen problems your child could harbor in their body, things an ultrasound before birth or a blood test might not be able to detect.
Some things are for certain. It’s been long known that when expectant women eat enough folic acid, it can help to prevent birth defects in the baby’s brain and spinal cord. What else should you eat? A new study is adding fish oil to the list of ‘must-haves’.
Completed by researchers at Imperial College London, this study examined the results of 400 previous studies involving a whopping 1.5 million participants. It’s one of the largest ever studies to be done on the topic.
It was found that when pregnant women consume a fish oil capsule daily from 20 weeks pregnant, and on, into the first three or four months of breastfeeding, significant benefits take place. The baby’s risk of developing a an egg allergy was reduced by 30 per cent.
Researchers also found that taking a daily probiotic supplement in the final weeks of pregnancy and during the first 3 to 6 months when breastfeeding resulted in babies reducing their risk of developing eczema by 22 percent.
The team stressed that the probiotics consisted of capsule or powder-form supplements as most yogurts don’t contain enough to make a difference.
One in every 13 children in the U.S now lives with a food allergy, and about 20 percent of children suffer from eczema.