Food choices can play an important role in reducing stress while expecting. It has been known since the famous Avon, England study of nearly 10,000 pregnant women in that city during one year in the 1990’s that the offspring of women who ate more oily fish while pregnant had better eyesight. The journal PLOS ONE recently reported on another finding from that large University of Bristol longitudinal study. Researchers found that pregnant women who never ate seafood were 53 percent more likely to experience high levels of anxiety and stress than those who consumed one to three portions of oily fish per week. Further, eating more oily fish during pregnancy had the effect of reducing behavioral and attention problems in the children of the oily-fish-eating-mums. Why Oily Fish? Oily fish, like salmon and mackerel, are very rich in omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids and protein. White fish have fatty acids too but not as much.
Of course, if you are pregnant, you could be confused about whether or not it’s safe to eat seafood during your pregnancy. A helpful article published by the Mayo Clinic’s expert Dr. Roger Harms offers advice on eating seafood during pregnancy.