Excessive Consumption of Fish During Pregnancy May Increase Risks of Childhood Obesity

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New study shows that newborns of mothers who fed more than three times a week with fish during the gestational phase grew and gained more weight in the first two years of life. In addition to being more likely to suffer from childhood obesity at 4 and 6 years of age than those that the mother ate little or did not eat fish during pregnancy.

The study was carried out in several countries and the researchers found the effects of the high consumption of fish in pregnancy having a higher obesity index when the baby is female. Two explanations have been suggested in the conclusion, one of which is that the fatty acid and omega 3 found in fish can predispose fetal stem cells and become fat cells . The second explanation is that the pollutants found in fish alter fetal hormones related to metabolism, which causes greater fat storage.

The recommendation of the FDA (Anvisa of the USA) is that pregnant women have in their menu to feed the fish up to two or three times a week. But stay away from some fish that may be contaminated such as: tilefish, shark, ladder and mackerel and choose salmon, shrimp, tilapia, tuna and cod. The study was carried out with 26 thousand women in Europe and in the USA, where they monitored their pregnancy and the growth of their children from 1996 to 2011. The patterns of growth and weight of children were observed until reaching 6 years of age. age. The highest consumption of fish among pregnant women occurred in countries like Spain and Portugal, where fish was consumed every day.

However, health agencies are concerned about the low consumption of fish since fatty acid and omega 3 are essential for the fetal brain development .

In addition to ensuring a healthier pregnancy and removing the chances of depression in pregnancy and postpartum. Fish consumption increases IQ, aids in the development of fine motor skills, sharpens communication and motor skills and other benefits. However, its excessive consumption can be harmful to health.

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Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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