Omega 3's in Pregnancy Benefit Mother and Baby

Studies show that most women are deficient in omega 3 fats. 
Did you know that Omega-3 deficiency is responsible for 96,000 premature deaths each year?
That’s 96,000 too many!

Omega-3 fats are a derivative of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). It is found throughout the body but is most abundant in the brain, eyes and heart. Omega 3's help make a stronger cell membrane - keeping the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. They help feed myeline making cells (the electrical conduits), which help send nerve signals faster to the brain. They literally make your baby smarter! DHA makes up 15-20% of the cerebral cortex and 30-60% of the retina, so it’s absolutely necessary for the normal development of your growing baby during pregnancy. When baby is deficient it can lead to a lifetime of unexplained emotional, learning, and immune disorders.

Omega 3 fatty acids help inhibit the production of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX), which produces the postaglandin hormones that spark inflammation. Where there is increased inflammation, there is risk for all kinds of health issues. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Symptoms of omega-3 deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings, depression and poor circulation.

Since a fetus is dependent on the omega-3 fat from its mother’s diet, and a baby is also dependent on the omega-3 fat from his mother’s breast milk, it’s essential that women have adequate supplies. Most women do not get enough from diet alone. The requirements during pregnancy have not been established, but likely exceed amounts when not pregnant. The problem is e. that during pregnancy a woman has restrictions on what she can eat to get the adequate amounts for her and baby. This might be where Omega 3 supplementation might come in handy. I won’t go into the types of Omega 3 supplements (there are two basic types, animal and plant derived), the resource links below will provide you with some information to get you started on your research.

ASK YOUR CARE PROVIDER IF IT’S OKAY FOR YOU TO START TAKING OMEGA 3 SUPPLEMENTS!

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• The average woman eats only 150 mg per day, but it is has been recommended that she get in 1000 mg per day while pregnant and breastfeeding. (600mg should contain Omega-3 DHA)
• Reduces the risk for pre-eclampsia
• Decreases depression
• Boosts the effects of antidepressants
• Plays an important role in preventing, stabilizing and/or treating a multitude of ailments
• Steadies mood swings
• Reduces the risk for preterm birth
• Reduces inflamation which can lead to chronic illnesses
• Helps with vision for both mom and baby
• Promotes a healthier baby – less likely to develop allergies and asthma!
• Baby will have a higher IQ
• Improves hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and attention span
•Reduces risk for chronic diseases

References:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2621042/

https://www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org/resources/healthy-tips/nutrition/omega-3s/

http://www.uppitysciencechick.com/brunner_omega_3_oily_fish.pdf

http://www.uppitysciencechick.com/kendall-tackett_j_midwif_wom_health.pdf

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/17/Omega3-Benefits-Baby-Brains-and-Eyes.aspx

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/61-health-benefits-omega-3-fatty-acids

The Healthy Pregnancy Book, by Sears, Holt, and Snell

Medical Disclaimer:
The information on this website and blog is meant for basic informational purposes only.
It is not intended to serve as medical advice or treatment. Readers are advised to consult with their doctor or midwife before making any decisions concerning their health.