Why Do I Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids When Pregnant?

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The value of vitamins and minerals

For a mother-to-be, nutrition can play a vital part in the overall health and development of your growing baby. Foods and any needed supplements provide the building blocks by which a baby grows; giving the vital nutrients that allow the baby to be fully capable of surviving out in this great big world on their own. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

From vitamins to minerals to enzymes and more, the nutrients that you consume when you are pregnant are the very nutrients that provide the groundwork for how your baby is developed. One such nutrient is omega-3 fatty acids, considered to be “essential fatty acids” for proper health.

What are Omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are comprised of DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid). They are very important because the body is unable to produce these fatty acids and must be consumed through foods or supplements. In today’s society, fat is often considered a “bad” thing, labeled as something we should all avoid as much as possible, but there are some good kinds of fats that are essential to maintaining a body that is healthy.

Fats provide the ingredient that allows the body to create everything from brain & eye tissue, cell membranes, development of the central nervous system and more. Without a diet rich in omega-3’s a developing baby may not be able to develop in a way as to provide a solid foundation for healthy brain function, good vision and so forth.

What is the necessary amount of Omega-3 per day?

For women who are pregnant, the recommended amount of omega-3 fatty acids is about 450mg per day of both DHA and EPA. You can get this from sources such as sardines, grass-fed beef, cloves, nuts, kale, and collard greens. It is important to get a regular supply of omega-3’s per day from a large source of food, not just from salmon which it is most known for.

Omega-3 supplements

If you are worried about not getting enough of the fatty acids in the foods you eat you should consider another source such as fish oil supplements. Fish oil has quickly become a mainstay for mothers-to-be as it is a way to assure the proper consumption of omega-3’s in your diet. Once you have given birth to your baby omega-3 fatty acids is still an important part of the nourishment your provide your baby so you should try to consume about 600mg of DHA and 400mg of EPA while lactating.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.