During pregnancy, a pregnant woman’s body requires certain nutrients, one of them being omega-3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is a good polyunsaturated fatty acid. It is mainly of three types which include ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) omega, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) omega. Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for the healthy development of the unborn baby in the womb of a pregnant woman.
This leads to better mental development of the baby. Omega-3 fatty acids are present in sufficient amounts in walnuts, real seeds, fish and seafood.
Benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids during Pregnancy:
According to author Katherine Field, a University Registered DATTN and Professor of Nutrition, omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system during pregnancy.
- During pregnancy, women need adequate amounts of DHA, ie polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3-LCPUFA) included in the omega-3 chain. DHA is mainly found in fish and other seafood.
- According to Katherine, the membrane of every cell in a person’s body is made up of omega-3 fatty acids. They need omega-3 fatty acids to grow and function.
- During pregnancy, omega-3 fatty acids are needed for the production of more red cells in the pregnant woman’s body. With this, the pregnant woman is able to provide enough nutrients and oxygen to her baby. Omega-3 fatty acids are also needed to help the placenta grow and function.
- One study found that children of mothers who consumed less DHA had less cognitive development. Along with this, lack of omega-3 in pregnancy also leads to IQ level and lack of attention.
- Apart from this, according to research done on animals and humans, low intake of omega-3 during breast feeding has a negative effect on the development of the infant’s immunity. Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids increases the risk of asthma and allergies in the unborn baby.
- Consuming omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy also helps prevent premature delivery and post-delivery depression.
Disclaimer: The suggestions in this article are for general information only. Do not take these tips and information as the advice of a doctor or medical professional. In case of symptoms of any disease, consult a doctor.