Why Omega 3 Fatty Acids are Important in PregnancyMay 22, 2022
Consumption of omega 3 essential fatty acids (EPA or eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid or DHA) is critical throughout pregnancy for the development of baby's brain and retina.
Fish and other seafood are some of the richest foods for O3 fatty acids, and (unless vegan / vegetarian) we recommend 2 serves fatty fish such as sustainably sourced (preferably wild caught) salmon, ocean trout, mackerel and herring per week during pregnancy.
2 serves may be a reduction for some but a huge increase for others, what's important is that you're consuming these and other O3 fatty acid rich foods to support the growth and development of your baby's brain.
If you feel you can't consume these foods frequently, then a high quality DHA supplement from a reliably sourced fish or algae oil will be imperative.
In the second half of pregnancy your baby's brain growth starts to accelerate - a time when being conscious of your O3 fatty acid foods and supplementation becomes even more important.
Also to note that Omega 3's are not only there for your baby's brain and retina but for YOUR (mum's) brain too. Insufficient intake can affect a mother's cognition, brain function, mood and levels of inflammation in the body.
Omega 3's are important for BOTH of you! Start adding some of these foods to your shopping cart this week.
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