Prenatal and Infant Health:
Omega-3s Are Important for Pregnant Women and Healthy Babies
of early pre-term births could have been prevented with omega-3s, according to a 2017 study
The omega-3 DHA is generally known as the most vital omega-3 for pregnancy, and mothers are the sole source for developing babies. Proceedings from an Early Nutrition Academy workshop recommend that pregnant women should aim for an additional 200 mg of DHA over and above the intake recommendation for the general adult population, resulting in a total DHA intake of at least 300 mg/day.(1) It is a critical building block of the brain, retina, and nervous system.
In early 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics recognized the importance of DHA and ARA to support brain development in the first 1000 days of life.
Evidence suggests that maternal DHA intake contributes to the normal visual development in utero and in breastfed babies up to 12 months of age.
Research consistently demonstrates a benefit in decreasing the likelihood of early preterm birth and also supports omega-3 intake and healthier birth weight. Specifically, one meta analysis showed a 58% reduction in early pre-term birth in mothers with higher omega-3 intake.
Immune System Function
Prenatal omega-3 supplementation can play a positive role in a variety of immune functions.