Pregnant women who consumed probiotic milk products equivalent to one glass per day had a lower incidence of pre-eclampsia compared with other pregnant women. This suggests that these dairy products may protect against development of pre-eclampsia, although this must be studied further before a conclusion can be drawn. The study is part of MoBa at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and included over 33 000 first-time mothers.
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The other study confirms that fish is healthy and is beneficial for birth weight. The pregnant women who ate fish, especially the lean variety, gave birth to babies with a slightly higher birth weight than women who rarely or never ate fish.
The study is also part of MoBa at the NIPH and included 62 099 women.
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What is the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study?
The Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) began to recruit pregnant women in 1999. Fathers were also invited. In 2008 the goal was reached and over 100 000 pregnancies were included. Both the biological material and questionnaire data were collected from week 17 of pregnancy, which makes the study unique. The purpose of this study is to find causes of diseases.
There is now good evidence that factors in pregnancy and early childhood can have a major impact on a child’s subsequent health. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health intends to maintain long-term contact with the families to collect new material.