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How Omega 3 can help mum and baby throughout pregnancy

Posted: 18 August 2011
by Healthspan

Using Omega 3 during pregnancy helps improve memory and concentration

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Omega 3 is a brain-boosting fish oil that helps improve memory and concentration. But there are other benefits for mother and baby before and during pregnancy

We’ve all heard the saying ‘baby brain’ and assumed it’s just one of those things that comes with the territory of being pregnant. But once you’re a mother, you may find the odd lapse in focus rather upsetting so taking a daily omega 3 supplement can be beneficial for you and your baby.

What is Omega 3?

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid found in oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon. Benefits include improvements to skin problems, mood and concentration. It is also good for the heart and joints.

Should I take it before conception?

Nutritionists recommend eating two to three portions of fish per week, but as a nation of meat lovers, it’s not always easy to stick to that amount. This makes it much more likely for our bodies to be deficient in omega 3. Not great during pregnancy, according to Dr Lin Day, a leading authority on baby learning and development and founder of Baby Sensory.

“This is particularly worrying in the light of research, which shows many disorders and diseases may be the result of poor intake of omega 3 during pregnancy.

“Recent data suggests taking omega 3 during pregnancy can make a significant difference to the development of the foetal brain, nervous and visual systems as well as to the mental health of the mother before and after the birth.”

How does it help my baby?

Omega 3 is incorporated into foetal brain cells during the last three months of pregnancy.

“Omega 3 is so important to the developing baby’s brain that during late pregnancy, high levels are absorbed from the mother’s blood,” explains Lin. “If the maternal diet is deficient in omega 3, the fatty acid is obtained from the mother’s brain, which may account for two to three per cent shrinkage in brain size. This can account for the slight memory loss and vagueness many women experience during the last few months of pregnancy.”

Why take supplements?

Seafood is one of the richest sources of omega 3 essential fatty acid. For women who don’t like fish, or wish to avoid it during pregnancy, you can get all the omega 3 you need through a regular daily supplement.

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