CHILDREN of women who eat fish regularly during their pregnancy develop better language and communication skills, research has revealed.
Scientists analysed the diets of 7,400 mothers before looking at the development of youngsters at 15 and 18 months.
They found that by the age of 18 months, those children whose mothers ate regular meals of fish had better language and social skills compared to those whose mothers who did not eat it.
In the US, mothers-to-be are warned against eating more than 12 ounces of fish a week because of the effect of mercury poisoning on their unborn child.
But the researchers, writing in the journal Epidemiology, found that in the UK, where mercury levels in seafood are relatively low, the benefits of eating fish in moderation outweighed the risk of contamination.
* The Food Standards Agency (FSA) recommended that pregnant women eat between one and two portions of oily fish a week. One exception applied to fresh tuna.