A small scale research conducted by researchers at University of Turku and Turku University Hospital in Finland found that pregnant women who consumed fatty fish during pregnancy led to enhanced eye sight and brain development of the unborn child. To conduct the study Kirsi Laitinen and her colleagues studied the results of 56 mothers and their children taken from a bigger study.
Fish For Brain Development
“The results of our study suggest that frequent fish consumption by pregnant women is of benefit for their unborn child’s development. This may be attributable to long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids within fish, but also due to other nutrients like vitamin D and E, which are also important for development,” Laitinen explains the results of the study.
She further add that, “Our study therefore highlights the potential importance of subtle changes in the diet of healthy women with uncompromised pregnancies, beyond prematurity or nutritional deficiencies, in regulating infantile neurodevelopment.” The study revealed that pregnant women who consumed fish at least three times especially during the final trimester had babies with better eyesight and brain development as compared to those who had two portions or did not consume fish at all.