Fish may be the food to eat for pregnant moms. Eating omega-3s--fatty acids commonly found in fish--lowered the chances of depression for pregnant and postpartum moms, according to a study released this Tuesday.
Pregnant women who ate 10 ounces of fish daily had nearly half the rate of depression than those who skipped seafood. And the more fish a woman ate, the less likely she was to be depressed.
The study tracked 14,541 women for signs of depression from their eighth week of pregnancy until their babies were 8 months old. Study author Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, says that babies require omega-3s for brain development. And if they can't get such fatty acids from the mother's diet, they take it from the mom herself.