International Journal of
Nursing and Midwifery

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Nurs. Midwifery
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2456
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJNM
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 210

Full Length Research Paper

Maternal seafood consumption in highly educated women is reduced in pregnancy: A pilot study

Marian K. Malde
  • Marian K. Malde
  • National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), Bergen, Norway.
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Anita R. Alvheim
  • Anita R. Alvheim
  • National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), Bergen, Norway.
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Linn Anne B. Brunborg
  • Linn Anne B. Brunborg
  • National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), Bergen, Norway.
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Ingvild E. Graff
  • Ingvild E. Graff
  • National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES), Bergen, Norway.
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  •  Accepted: 11 June 2012
  •  Published: 30 November 2012

Abstract

Oily fish is a unique natural source to vitamin D and marine n-3 fatty acids. The aim of the present study was to investigate from where pregnant women get dietary advices and whether they eat seafood during pregnancy or not. A self-selected convenience sample (n = 43) of highly educated women responded to a self-administrated web based questionnaire. The women reduced their intake of both lean (p < 0.013) and oily (p < 0.003) fish during pregnancy, indicating that the women were not fully aware of the beneficial effects of seafood intake during pregnancy.

 

Key words: Marine n-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), vitamin D, recommendations, omega-3 fatty acids, pregnant, seafood.