Eating Fish during Pregnancy can help reduce Feelings of Anxiety ahead of giving Birth

Pregnant women should eat more fish

Eating fish 'could lower anxiety during pregnancy'
Women eating fish regularly are 50% less likely to have high anxiety levels, research shows

A new study published in PlosOne provides evidence of a relationship between dietary patterns, fish intake or n-3 PUFA intake from seafood and symptoms of anxiety in pregnancy, and suggests that dietary interventions could be used to reduce high anxiety symptoms during pregnancy.

According to researchers who questioned 9,500 women about their diet, women who eat fish regularly are 50% less likely to have high anxiety levels at 32 weeks’ gestation (than women who never eat fish).

Abstract

Background
Little is known about relationships between dietary patterns, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) intake and excessive anxiety during pregnancy.

Objective
To examine whether dietary patterns and n-3 PUFA intake from seafood are associated with high levels of anxiety during pregnancy.

Design
Pregnant women enrolled from 1991–1992 in ALSPAC (n 9,530). Dietary patterns were established from a food frequency questionnaire using principal component analysis. Total intake of n-3 PUFA (grams/week) from seafood was also examined. Symptoms of anxiety were measured at 32 weeks of gestation with the Crown-Crisp Experiential Index; scores ≥9 corresponding to the 85th percentile was defined as high anxiety symptoms. Multivariate logistic regression models were used to estimate the OR and 95% CI, adjusted by socioeconomic and lifestyle variables.

Results
Multivariate results showed that women in the highest tertile of the health-conscious (OR 0.77; 0.65–0.93) and the traditional (OR 0.84; 0.73–0.97) pattern scores were less likely to report high levels of anxiety symptoms. Women in the highest tertile of the vegetarian pattern score (OR 1.25; 1.08–1.44) were more likely to have high levels of anxiety, as well as those with no n-3 PUFA intake from seafood (OR 1.53; 1.25–1.87) when compared with those with intake of >1.5 grams/week.

Conclusions
The present study provides evidence of a relationship between dietary patterns, fish intake or n-3 PUFA intake from seafood and symptoms of anxiety in pregnancy, and suggests that dietary interventions could be used to reduce high anxiety symptoms during pregnancy.

Author: DES Daughter

Activist, blogger and social media addict committed to shedding light on a global health scandal and dedicated to raise DES awareness.

8 thoughts on “Eating Fish during Pregnancy can help reduce Feelings of Anxiety ahead of giving Birth”

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  3. It’s a pity that high Mercury levels in some fish prevent women from eating fish while pregnant. I wonder if you eat a lot of fish before you get pregnant do these positive effects last for 9 months…scientists? 🙂
    Nikki

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