Fishing in pregnancy
Consuming omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy could help reduce the risk of post-natal depression, findings of a randomised control study of 42 women suggest.
Half of the participants were given 300 mg of fish oil supplements containing docosahexaenoic acid, and half were given a placebo, five days a week from the 24th week to the 40th week of pregnancy.
The women who took the fish oil fared significantly better at all the follow-up points:
two weeks, three weeks, three months and six months after giving birth. Their depression scores averaged six points lower than their control group counterparts. They also had fewer symptoms of anxiety and insecurity, and less of a feeling of ‘loss of self’.