Pregnant women in Norway are among the group with the lowest seafood intake. Seafood is an important part of a balanced diet and provide important nutrients such as the marine omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and iodine. Recent research shows that a sub-optimal nutritional status of marine omega-3 fatty acids, iodine and vitamin D may affect maternal mental health and child development adversely.
The Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Eastern and Southern Norway (RBUP Eastern and Southern Norway) is leading the project. RBUP has expertise in mental health and infant development, and has invited NIFES to take responsibility for the part that deals with seafood intake and nutritional status. Data collection started in autumn 2011 and includes data from nearly 1,000 families. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council, while the nutrition part is funded by FHF through “Fish intervention studies.”
The purpose of the “Little in Norway” study is to get more knowledge about what affects children’s development from pregnancy until 18 months of age.