Omega 3 has a number of benefits throughout the pregnancy stage. Alongside the overall health benefit for both mother and baby, it helps specifically with the development of the baby's nervous system, eyes and brain.
Many studies have analysed the benefits of Omega 3 DHA in pregnancy. In particular, DHA found in Omega 3 plays an important role for foetal development of the brain and retina during the third trimester and up to 18 months of life. In one such study, Omega 3 intake throughout the pregnancy period has been correlated with higher IQ in the children. Mothers that supplemented with Omega 3 by eating oily fish had children that scored slightly higher in comprehension tests at the age of 18 months. The same set of children then went on to score higher in vision tests at the age 3 in comparison to the children of mother’s who had not consumed Omega 3.
There’s also a decreased risk of low birth weight, pre-term labour and preeclampsia when supplementing with Omega 3. Mothers who supplemented with Omega 3 during their pregnancy saw their children born later and with fewer complications. Therefore, there are definite benefits for the child by supplementing Omega 3 throughout pregnancy, along with a reduction in any risks.
However, more evidence is coming to light about the dangers of mercury in fish and the subsequent effects this may have on the development of the baby during the time of pregnancy. In fact, the government’s own health authorities now recommend limiting your oily fish intake to 2 portions per week whilst pregnant in order to minimise exposure to harmful toxins. Even fish oil capsules that contain Omega 3 may have dangerous contaminates lurking side.
Alternative sources of Omega 3 that do not contain mercury, such as algae oil are therefore excellent clean sources of DHA. As our algae omega oil is fermented in a controlled pharmaceutical facility, it's free from toxins and heavy metals. It's 100% natural, plant-based and non-GMO. It's the perfect way to get your Omega 3, especially at a time of pregnancy.
How much DHA should you be taking per day whilst pregnant? There is no guideline amount but around 300mg is adequate. As our Algae Omega capsules contain 200mg DHA minimum, we recommend taking 2 capsules per day in order to ensure you’re getting enough.
References:Maternal seafood consumption in pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes in childhood (ALSPAC study): an observational cohort study
The use of omega 3 on pregnancy outcomes: a single-center study
Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy
Prenatal omega-3 fatty acids: review and recommendations