Fish intake during pregnancy may be beneficial

September 29, 2008 2:13:53 PM PDT
Last week we reported on the benefits of feeding infants fish, and this week a new study finds greater maternal consumption of fish and longer periods of breast feeding are tied to better physical and cognitive development in infants. Scientists say their report in the September issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides additional evidence that moderate maternal fish intake during pregnancy does not harm child development and may on balance be beneficial.

U.S. women are advised to limit their fish intake to two servings a week. But, most women in this study consumed cod, salmon, herring and mackerel, fish that tend to be low in mercury levels.