ChildrenOmega-3 Fatty AcidsPregnancy

Potential benefits of fish oil supplements given to pregnant mums

Relatively high doses of omega 3-rich fish oil supplements during the second half of pregnancy appear safe and beneficial to the baby.

98 pregnant women were given 4 grams of fish oil (omega 3) supplements or 4 grams of olive oil (omega 6) supplements each day from 20 weeks of pregnancy until the birth of their babies.

Two and a half years latter?

  • No overall differences in language skills and growth between the two groups of children
  • Children whose mothers took fish oil showed better comprehension, average phrase length, and vocabulary.
  • They also had better hand-eye coordination.
  • These findings held true even after accounting for the mother’s age and duration of breast-feeding.
  • Only non-smokers and those who didn’t routinely eat more than 2 weekly portions of fish were studied.

It would be interesting to follow-up each year to see how long these difference are maintained.

12/23/06 15:26 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.