Fish Oil May Help Women Have Healthier Pregnancies and Babies
- Miscarriage: Pregnancy loss from natural causes before 20 weeks. Up to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage, often before a woman knows she’s pregnant.
- Gestational diabetes: High blood glucose (sugar) levels in a pregnant woman who’s never had diabetes. It affects 18 percent of pregnancies.
- Preeclampsia (pree-eh-clamp-see-ah): Is a potentially dangerous condition that affects up to eight percent of first-time mothers in the U.S. Symptoms of preeclampsia typically appear in middle to late pregnancy and include an abrupt rise in blood pressure, leaking of protein into urine, headaches, and swelling of the hands, feet, and face.
Recent research revealed that when people consume the two major omega-3s found in fish or fish oil – DHA and EPA – the body converts them into potent anti-inflammatory compounds called resolvins and protectins.
Clinical research shows that people who take supplemental fish oil produce these compounds at levels that have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the mother and placenta of the developing fetus.
Mother’s milk is high in DHA and the omega-3 fatty acids found in human cells and in fish oil – DHA and EPA – are essential to fetal brain and eye development.