Researchers have discovered that pregnant women who take fish oil supplements may be boosting the hand-eye coordination of their babies once they reach toddlerhood.
In the study 98 women were given either fish or olive oil supplements daily from 20 weeks gestation to the birth of their babies.
Once their children had reached two and half years of age, their language, behavior, reasoning skills and hand-eye coordination was assessed.
Although there were no marked differences in language, the study did find that there were significant differences in hand-eye coordination, with the children born of mothers taking fish oil supplements scoring higher than those born of mothers taking olive oil supplements.
These scores even held up when influencing factors such as the mother’s age and duration of breastfeeding were taken into account.
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