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Pregnant women not getting enough omega-3

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It is recommended that all healthy adults including pregnant and lactating women consume at least 500 mg/day of omega-3 .

According to a recent study, “Only 27% of women during pregnancy and 25% at three months postpartum met the current  recommendation for DHA. Seafood, fish and seaweed products contributed to 79% of overall n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids intake from foods, with the majority from salmon. Results suggest that the majority of women were not meeting the recommendation for DHA during pregnancy and lactation.”

The current study found women who took a supplement containing DHA were 10.6 and 11.1 times more likely to meet the current recommendation for pregnancy and postpartum, respectively. Women are recommended to consume one to two portions per week of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.

The results of this also study suggests that nutritional counseling and education about benefits of a supplement source of Omega3 should extend beyond pregnancy as 44% percent of the women in the cohort who reported taking a supplement during pregnancy were no longer taking these supplements when breast feeding at three months postpartum.

The current study provides useful information for health practitioners and for future interventions (dietary or supplement recommendations) aimed at helping women obtain Omega-3 in their diet to ensure they are able to meet the needs of their infants.

Source:Canadian Science Publishing via ScienceDaily

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