New research has shown that mothers who eat salmon when pregnant may be less likely to have children with asthma than those whose mothers do not eat it.

The study, led by Professor Philip Calder of the University of Southampton, was presented at the recent Experimental Biology Congress in San Diego.

The Salmon in Pregnancy Study saw a group of women eating salmon twice a week from week 19 of pregnancy.  Allergy tests were then performed on the children at six months and then at two to three years of age.  Results were compared to a control group whose mothers did not eat salmon during pregnancy.

Professor Calder announced at the Congress that the early results, which are yet to be published, showed that at age two and half years, children whose mothers ate salmon while pregnant were five times less likely to have asthma.

“Our findings indicate that early nutrition interventions, even during pregnancy, can have long lasting effects on health.”

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  • This is different, never heard this before!


  • It makes sense that eating nutritious food during pregnancy will have beneficial effects on bubs.


  • My Mum loved Salmon. Im not sure if she ate it during pregnancy with me but im sure she must have as she would have it at least once a week when I was growing up. Sadly if she did then it didnt work as im Asthmatic and so is my daughter. I did not eat salmon. Im one of three and so is my daughter.


  • Very interesting. I had no idea.


  • That is good research who should improve the health, not just for the Mum but the baby too. Hopefully this research may lessen the risk for babies in families where Asthma is hereditary.


  • its amazing the type of things they study.


  • Perfect! I absolutely love Salmon and ate or through my first pregnancy, ato east I know was doing a good thing lol.


  • We’ve always been told that salmon is a good source of nutrients.


  • Interesting. Salmon is a very good source of protein and omega oils, so it would be great to incorporate it into our diet anyway.


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