Eating fish in pregnancy may prevent child hyperactivity

Tags: Pregnancy

Women who eat fish during pregnancy could cut the risk of their baby going on to develop the hyperactivity disorder ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), new research suggests.

US researchers found the link after studying 400 mothers and their children from New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Children were far less likely to have ADHD at eight years of age if their mum had eaten at least two portions of fish per week when they were pregnant with them.

However, the researchers warn in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine that it is also true that you can have too much of a good thing.

Pregnant women who ate a lot of fish containing traces of mercury were more likely to have children with ADHD.

Experts know that mercury can damage a baby’s developing nervous system and for this reason they do advise pregnant women to be careful about they types of fish they eat.

You can eat most types of fish when you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Eating fish is good for your health and your baby’s. However, you should avoid eating some types of fish and limit the amount you eat of others.

When you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you should avoid eating shark, swordfish and marlin because these contain higher levels of mercury.

You should also limit the amount of tuna you eat to two steaks a week or four medium-sized tins of tuna.

Generally, you should also have no more than two portions a week of other types of fish.

Visit the rest of our Pregnancy and Childcare Centre for more information on healthy foods to eat when pregnant. Or why don’t you post a question for our experts if there is something specific you want to know?

Source © Trio Media 2012

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