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Omega-3 ’ s , Healthy Pregnancy & Healthy Kids : The Role of Omega-3 Long-Chain Fatty Acids During Pregnancy

  title={Omega-3 ’ s , Healthy Pregnancy \& Healthy Kids : The Role of Omega-3 Long-Chain Fatty Acids During Pregnancy},
  author={Arianna Carughi},
In the past decade or so, scientists have recognized the importance of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCFA) during pregnancy and early developmental life of the newborn child. Research shows that adequate levels of omega-3 fatty acids enhance development of the fetal and infant brain and may improve cognitive development, visual acuity, hand eye coordination and attention span. In addition, recent research indicates that maternal omega-3 fatty acid intake lowers the infant… 


Maternal supplementation with very-long-chain n-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and lactation augments children's IQ at 4 years of age.
The hypothesis was that maternal intake of DHA during pregnancy and lactation is marginal and that high intake of this fatty acid would benefit the child, and the effect of supplementing pregnant and lactating women with very-long- chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs; cod liver oil) on mental development of the children, compared with maternal supplementation with long-chain n-6 PUFAs (corn oil).
The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation in Pregnancy on Maternal Eicosanoid, Cytokine, and Chemokine Secretion
The results indicate that ω-3 LCPUFA supplementation during the last trimester may dampen certain immune responses involved in allergic inflammation.
Oily fish intake during pregnancy--association with lower hyperactivity but not with higher full-scale IQ in offspring.
How much fish women ate during pregnancy appeared to have little long-term relation with neurodevelopmental outcomes in their child, and there were no significant associations between fish intake in pregnancy and other behavioural problems or full-scale and performance intelligence.
Effect of Supplementing Pregnant and Lactating Mothers With n-3 Very-Long-Chain Fatty Acids on Children's IQ and Body Mass Index at 7 Years of Age
It is suggested that maternal concentration of n-3 very-long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy might be of importance for later cognitive function, such as sequential processing, although it is observed that there is no significant effect ofn-3 fatty acid intervention on global IQs.
Dietary PUFA for Preterm and Term Infants: Review of Clinical Studies
Preterm infants are recommended to receive LCPUFA intakes in the range provided by feeding of human milk typical of mothers in Western countries, as the body of literature suggests that LC PUFA is important to the growth and development of infants.
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid requirements during pregnancy and lactation.
To date, there is little evidence of harm as a result of n-3 LCPUFA supplementation during either pregnancy or lactation, however, researchers need to further elucidate any potential benefits of supplementation for mothers and infants.
Fatty acids and early human development.
  • S. Innis
  • Biology
    Early human development
  • 2007
High Levels of Depressive Symptoms in Pregnancy With Low Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake From Fish
Background: Depression during pregnancy has adverse consequences for both mother and child. Although common in western countries, depression appears to be virtually absent in countries with high