Eat fish for a brainy baby

Upping your fish intake during pregnancy is good for your baby, researchers find.

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Eating fish during pregnancy will help your unborn child’s health and mental development, a study by Danish researchers concludes.

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The project looked at 25,446 children. It found that the babies of women who ate the most fish while pregnant had a 30% better physical and mental development at 6 and 18 months of age than the babies of women who ate little or no fish.

Similarly, the children who were breastfed for 10 months or more had a 30% better physical and mental development at 6 and 18 months of age than those who were breastfed for one month or less.

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Failing to breastfeed did not negate the beneficial effects of eating fish during pregnancy.

Remember to go easy, however, with oily fish such as salmon, sardines or mackerel: two portions a week is the safe limit for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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