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Study Finds 25 Percent of Pregnant Women Not Getting Enough Omega-3 Fatty Acids


Results from a new U.S. study show that, despite strong recommendations in favor of consuming omega-3 fatty acids for optimal pregnancy outcomes and offspring health, 25 percent of women reported rarely or never eating fish during pregnancy, with fewer taking omega-3 supplements.
[Source: medicalxpress.com]

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There is growing evidence that the majority of pregnant women are not consuming a sufficient supply of omega-3 fatty acids. Research on the intakes of pregnant women in New Zealand has found only 30 percent are getting the recommended daily amount, for example. Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for the developing child, with studies showing they may increase birth weight and reduce the risk of premature birth.

Other micronutrients are also important, of course. Vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and the B group of vitamins are essential for a healthy baby and delivery, and for preventing complications during pregnancy. The minerals calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, in synergy with vitamins C and D, aid the development of the baby’s bones and teeth, as well as supporting normal blood pressure in the mother.

To learn more about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, read parts one and two of the special pregnancy feature article on our website.