Eating lots of fish while pregnant may lower risk of premature delivery

According to researchers at Harvard, eating fish while pregnant may help you avoid delivering your child too soon.

They studied data on more than 100,000 pregnancies and found that women with the lowest levels of fatty acids from fish during their first and second trimester were 10 times more likely to have a premature birth than women with the highest levels of those fatty acids.

How these fatty acids might prevent preternatural birth is not known.

The study’s authors noted, while many pregnant women may be concerned about eating fish during pregnancy due to mercury levels, most fish that contain high levels of omega 3 fatty acids are on the food and drug administration's "best choice" list for pregnant women.

The report was published online August 3 in the journal "EBioMedicine."