-People who avoid eating meat, fish and eggs or eat very small quantities.
Omega-3 Fats in Pregnancy
Scientists suggest that omega-3 fats work by reducing inflammatory responses in both the mother and the unborn baby. This may help reduce the likelihood of inducing the birth process too soon. This explanation also supports the findings of newer studies that suggest that consuming more omega-3 fats in pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing allergies and asthma. The work is ongoing but early clues show that the benefits may also be limited to women with low omega-3 levels.
While this information may appear confusing, it simply highlights the fact that increasing the intake of omega-3 fats during pregnancy will not improve all health outcomes for mothers and babies. Rather it suggests that a few important health outcomes can be changed for the better, especially for women with habitually low omega-3 intakes.
- Who is at risk of low omega-3 long chain fatty acid levels?
- What to do to maintain good omega-3 long chain fatty acid levels?
-Eat a variety of foods that contain omega-3 fats like fish, lean red meat, eggs or foods fortified with omega-3 long chain fatty acids (selected yogurts, breads).
-If you are vegetarian or vegan, you may increase your intake of omega 3 fats by consuming oil from marine algae.
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