Making sure you are giving your body the proper nourishment it needs during pregnancy is vital. Getting good sleep, establishing an exercise regimen, and taking the proper vitamins and supplements are some of the ways you can ensure a healthy pregnancy. When it comes to nutrition, our bodies are capable of synthesizing most of the proper nutrients on its own, however sometimes essential nutrients such as Omega 3s, can only be received only through diet or supplementation.

Omega 3 is a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential for the development and overall health. Offering benefits such as heart and immune health and central nervous system support, Omega 3s are crucial for everyone, especially expecting mothers. Adequate consumption of Omega 3 fats is essential in maintaining the balance of hormone like substances called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins aid in the regulation of things like blood pressure, blood clotting and nerve transmission. Prostaglandins also play a crucial role in the function of the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract and the production of other hormones. 

During pregnancy, women can become depleted in omega 3s because their baby requires so much in order to develop a healthy nervous system. Increased intake of these essential fatty acids has been proven to help prevent pre-term labor, lower the risk of preeclampsia and encourage a healthy birth weight. After birth, Omega 3s have been shown to decrease the risk of developing postpartum mood disorders, such as depression. 

Foods such as salmon, tuna, and anchovies are excellent sources of natural omegas, however mercury and other toxins found in these fish are a concern during pregnancy. For this reason, purified fish oil supplements are the safest way to get the nutrients you need. Make sure you consult with your doctor about which supplements and Omega’s are right for you. 

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