Fish oil during pregnancy
The problem is that all companies, whatever they produce, tend to err on the side of caution and suggest not to take their product when you are pregnant.
I understand this view but as long as you do your due diligence on a product like a fish oils for example, and are satisfied they are pure, then the benefits are quite massive.
Many studies have concluded that women who take fish oil in their first trimester are nearly four times less likely to have a premature or low birth weight baby. One study then went on to say that the mothers who took more than 200mg of omega 3 fats each day were less likely still to have a premature or underweight baby.
The main omega 3 fat you need is called DHA and is present in high quantities in the breast milk as it’s essential for the growing baby. Around seventy percent of a baby’s brain and central nervous system is composed of this omega 3 fat.
As a mother to be, you need to ensure that you get enough DHA fats as your body cannot make them and the best source is fatty fish.
A supplement provides the best solution as fresh fish contain many contaminants today and with a quality fish oil supplement you can control the amount and the purity of what you take.
You can also expect an easier pregnancy (if that’s the right way to put it!) with a much reduced chance of getting post natal depression which affects around one in ten women today.
The DHA fats are very quickly depleted after giving birth and it is essential therefore to keep taking the oils.
The DHA fats help to keep your brain healthy and ensure proper mental health. They also have powerful anti-inflammatory qualities to protect your present and future health.
They are instrumental in your baby’s future development too helping with hand-eye coordination, increased cognitive awareness and improved language abilities to name a few.
Whilst you can see that a fish oil rich in DHA omega 3 fats is vital, purity is important too. With the DHA, you want to get at least 250-300mg in each 1000mg capsule for the optimum benefits and be aware that most contain far more EPA fats which are nowhere near as beneficial.
For purity, only use molecularly distilled oils as this process removes the toxins to leave it safe. If you have any doubts, consult the manufacturer’s website to see the testing results.
The oils my family and I use are among the purest in the world and have zero detectable levels of contaminants in them as the company uses two purifying process to make sure.
So there you have it, a personal choice but fish oil during pregnancy does offer huge benefits to you and your baby, as long as it’s very pure and fresh.