Omega 3 during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a very demanding time for mums-to-be, especially where nutrition is concerned. During pregnancy, and whilst breastfeeding, it is important for a mother to consume a balanced diet, containing enough nutrients to support her baby’s growth and development, as well as maintaining her own health.
During pregnancy the need for Omega 3 fatty acids, especially docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is heightened due to both mother and baby’s growing requirements. This is particularly significant in the last trimester, when a baby needs to accumulate between 30-45mg of DHA per day from its mother to support brain and eye development.
After birth, breastfed babies continue to rely on their mothers’ milk to supply them with DHA. As many women do not consume sufficient levels of Omega 3 in their diets, it is advised that supplements are taken whilst pregnant and breastfeeding in order to support the infant’s brain and eye development and ensure the mother retains an adequate level of DHA herself.
During pregnancy and nursing, you’re often advised to avoid or limit your consumption of certain types of fish such as tuna, marlin, swordfish and shark due to potentially increased levels of mercury and other contaminants like dioxins and PCBs. Omega 3 supplements containing PureMax fish oil provide you with peace of mind as they are produced using industry-leading purification technology in order to minimise such impurities while concentrating the key Omega 3 fatty acids.
It is recommended that you look for nutritional supplements which contain a minimum of 200mg of DHA every day whilst pregnant and nursing to support your baby's growth and development, as well as maintain your own wellbeing. This is in addition to your usual recommended 250mg of EPA+DHA.
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