Study: Fish oil supplements are not much help during pregnancy

October 21st, 2010 - 9:32 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Sydney, Oct 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new Australian study has revealed that taking fish oil capsule during pregnancy does little to nothing to boost the mental development of the fetus or stop postpartum depression in the mother.

However the study found that women who regularly take fish oil capsules during their pregnancy reduces the risk of premature birth.

The results of the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, however revealed that the fish oil causes increase belching in the mother.

The research was carried out by researchers from the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The researchers investigated the effect of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on the outcome of pregnancy. The DHA was initially thought to improve the outcome of childbirth.

The researcher studied some 2,000 women in Australia. The researchers gave the women either vegetable oil or fish oil with DHA. All the women were given the supplements during the second half of their pregnancy, which is the period the fetus’s brain, grows.

At the end of the research, the researchers reported that they found no difference in the brain development of the babies from both groups. The babies were tested at the age of one-and-a-half years. Moreover, there was no difference between the level of depression between the mothers that took vegetable oil and fish oil.

The good news however was that the mothers that took the fish oil capsules reduced the chances of giving birth earlier to just one percent.

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