New research has found that pregnant women who have low plasma levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their first and second trimesters are at a significantly higher risk of early preterm birth.
Previous research looking at omega-3 fatty acids has shown that many pregnant women do not get enough of these essential micronutrients in their daily diets. In a recent study carried out in New Zealand, researchers found that only 30 percent of women obtain a sufficient amount during pregnancy.
But ensuring that a mother gives birth to a healthy baby is not only about getting enough omega-3. To the contrary, ensuring a proper intake of all the various micronutrients is vital for the developing fetus. This is because an inadequate supply of micronutrients can affect the organ systems, birth weight, and even survival of the baby. Moreover, the way a baby’s organs develop during pregnancy can also determine how their growth continues after it is born.