Fish oil and probiotic supplements during pregnancy slash infant risk of food allergy by a third and risk of eczema by a fifth

  Researchers from Imperial College call for pregnancy dietary advice to be updated in light of findings   A study published today in the journal, PLoS Medicine,[1] has confirmed the benefits of taking fish oil and probiotic supplements during pregnancy. [2] Dr Carrie Ruxton, from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service ( said: “This … Continued

Taking probiotics during pregnancy linked with reduced risk of pre-eclampsia & premature birth

A new study, published in the open British Medical Journal[1], has found that pregnant women consuming probiotics in early and late pregnancy had a lower risk of premature births and developing pre-eclampsia. The research was part of the Norwegian Mother and Child (MoBa) study.  This study followed 70,000 pregnancies where mums-to-be provided dietary, lifestyle and … Continued

Folate supplementation throughout pregnancy boosts cognitive function at 8 years of age

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) shows that continuing to take folate supplements throughout pregnancy could be beneficial for children’s cognitive development. Women who are planning a pregnancy are advised to take 400 microgram folic acid supplements daily for three months before conceiving and until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy … Continued