New research shows a strong association between eating seafood twice or more per week and an increased chance of conceiving. The study, published in the Journal of Metabolism and Endocrinology in May 2018, by Authors from Boston, USA, looked at 500 couples planning a pregnancy.
The study couldn’t prove a direct cause and effect relationship, but couples who ate more fish each week were more likely to conceive during the year of the study.
Couples who ate seafood more than twice each week had sex more often -- an average of 22 percent more frequently than couples who consumed less fish.
Additionally, in 92 percent of the couples who ate seafood more than twice each week, the women were pregnant by the end of the study, compared to 79 percent of the couples who ate seafood less often.
Importantly, the link between seafood intake and pregnancy couldn't be explained solely by more frequent sex the couples were having. The study suggests that seafood intake might affect sperm quality, ovulation or embryo quality, leading to a higher likelihood of having a baby. This study provides more support for the important role diet has in increasing a couple’s chance of having a baby.
Fish are not only fun to catch (and release!), but good for you in many ways if you eat them!