Taking Fish Oil During Pregnancy Might Help Your Newborn Baby Fight Colds. Keep Reading To Learn More About The Study, As Well As The Potential Drawbacks To Taking Fish Oil During Pregnancy.

Taking fish oil during pregnancy might help your newborn baby fight colds. Keep reading to learn more about the study, as well as the potential drawbacks to taking fish oil during pregnancy.
Taking fish oil during pregnancy might help your newborn baby fight colds. A new study conducted by researchers from Emory University and in Mexico, published in Pediatrics, looked at the infants of women who took 400 mg of DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil, during pregnancy The study found that the infants of the moms who took DHA (fish oil) during pregnancy were better able to fight cold symptoms at one month of age. The cold symptoms included nasal congestion, coughing and runny noses. (Source: Time Healthland)
For six months, the babies of moms who took the DHA had a greater ability to fight colds. After six months, their bodies fought colds in the same was as the other babies. However, the babies of moms who took DHA had shorter periods of cold symptoms.
Not all of the results were positive for the group of babies whose moms took fish oil during pregnancy, though. Consider the following:
  • At one month of age, the babies of the moms who took fish oil during pregnancy had more rashes than the babies of moms who took the placebo
  • At six months of age, the babies of the moms who took fish oil during pregnancy vomited more than the babies of moms who took the placebo
“I wouldn't want to overplay the benefits, but the findings do suggest some benefits early in life,” Usha Ramakrishnan, a professor in the department of global health at Emory University School of Public Health and the lead author of the study, said. “This is one of the first studies to look at nutritional interventions during pregnancy and immune function of newborns later on.”

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