Omega-3 Fatty Acids: a Pregnancy Supplement?
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: a Pregnancy Supplement?

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Research has linked insufficient levels of omega-3 in pregnant women to premature birth, increased risk of preeclampsia, and low birth weight in newborns.

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Why do Omega-3s matter?

 

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients for our health and development and support the functioning of nearly every aspect of our bodies. Of the Omega-3s acids EPA and DHA are two of the most beneficial - together they’re responsible for a number of unique health benefits. EPA supports the heart, immune system, and inflammatory response, while DHA supports the brain, eyes, and central nervous system. The catch? Omega-3s can’t be synthesized by our body and instead must be obtained through dietary means. (Cue frantic googling.)

 

Unfortunately for most Americans our western diets are intrinsically low in Omega-3s. In fact, the majority of us don’t consume enough DHA or EPA and should seek some form of supplementation.

 

Omega-3s and pregnancy

 

This imbalance is particularly true for pregnant women. Because omega-3s must be derived from a dietary source the fetus uses any omega-3 consumed by the mother to support its development in the womb. As a result pregnant women are much more susceptible to omega-3 deficiency. Why is this important for expectant moms? Below are the three main reasons.

 

Number 1: Preterm Pregnancy Health

 

Research has linked insufficient levels of omega-3 in pregnant women to premature birth, increased risk of preeclampsia