Omega-3 Benefits

Omega-3, Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Omega-3 can provide vital for mother and baby throughout pregnancy

Getting the right amount of Omega-3 in pregnancy is essential, but its importance isn’t known quite as widely as that of vitamin D, calcium and folic acid.

 

It’s vital to follow a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy to support your baby’s growth and to keep your own health in the best possible condition, and Omega-3 fatty acids should be a key part of this.

 

There are three types of Omega-3:

 

  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
  • ALA (alpha-linolenic acid or a-linolenic acid)

 

During pregnancy, DHA can play an essential role in the development of your baby’s brain and eyes, so this is the specific type of Omega-3 you should look at incorporating more widely into your diet.

 

DHA can continue to provide support to brain health and eye health throughout our lives. When combined with EPA, it can help to support the heart and may provide our bodies with extra support during exercise.

 

When Should I Start Taking Omega-3 During Pregnancy?

 

It is important to take omega-3 fatty acids if you trying to conceive, or as soon as you become pregnant. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for your baby’s development, especially from week 12 of your pregnancy onwards.

 

It’s recommended that all adults consume at least 250mg of the Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA each day to support their heart health. However, pregnant women should be getting an extra 200mg of DHA a day to provide extra support to their own and their unborn baby’s health.

 

Omega-3 can provide vital support to your unborn baby's development

 

If you’re breastfeeding, you should continue to get extra DHA from your diet or from Omega-3 supplements, to make sure you’re passing on this essential nutrient to your baby to support the development of their brain and eye health in their first few months.

 

Where to Get DHA from During Pregnancy

 

Many types of fatty fish naturally contain DHA, including:

 

  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Mackerel
  • Herring
  • Halibut

 

Raw fish, including sushi, should be avoided during pregnancy, and fish such as shark, swordfish and marlin should be limited, as they contain high levels of mercury that could affect the development of your baby’s nervous system. This means it’s important to make sure that any fish you do eat has been sustainably sourced from waters that aren’t overfished.  Overfishing can deplete fish in our oceans which causes unsustainability and is detrimental to our environment.

 

Fish oil supplements need to meet strict limits when it comes to metals, pesticides and other contaminants, and MINAMI® Omega-3 supplements are well below these.

 

Our fish oil supplements are only sourced from waters that aren’t overfished, and each of our soft-gels contains 90-95% Omega-3, so you can be sure you’re putting the highest quality nutrients into your body to benefit both you and your baby.

 

When to Stop Taking Omega-3 in Pregnancy

 

You should always speak to a medical professional if you have any concerns at all about the prenatal supplements you’re taking. Stop taking Omega-3 in pregnancy immediately if you notice any side effects or have any concerns.

 

Omega-3 supplements can be safely used alongside prenatal vitamins during pregnancy and lactation.

 

DHA & Breastfeeding

 

DHA should continue to be a key part of your diet after your baby is born, especially if you’re breastfeeding.

 

Omega-3 supplements should continue to be taken while breastfeeding

 

Your baby will get their DHA supply from you, so it’s important to carry on incorporating Omega-3 in your diet from eggs and fatty fish.

 

However, it’s important to note that it’s recommended that breastfeeding mothers don’t consume more than two 140g portions of oily fish a week, which is why some choose to take daily fish oil supplements instead.

 

A healthy breastfeeding diet should be balanced, include at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, and incorporate plenty of vitamin D and calcium – just make sure that any cheese or milk you’re consuming has been pasteurised. You should also be mindful of your caffeine intake, consuming no more than 200mg per day.

 

We know it’s not always easy to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need when you’re dealing with the upheaval of looking after a newborn, but supplements can be a big help. Our MorDHA Prenatal Omega-3 fish oil supplements are designed to fit easily into your lifestyle, so you can spend more time focusing on yourself and your little one. Try them for yourself today.

 

 

Which Omega-3 Supplement is Right for Me During Pregnancy?

 

At MINAMI®, we believe in optimal wellness for you and your child at all stages of your pregnancy, from preconception, through pregnancy and while you’re breastfeeding.

 

During your pregnancy journey, it’s important for you to know and understand your DHA levels as they play an important role in your baby’s brain and eye development, so we’ve developed two MyOmega test kits that allow you to safely test your Omega-3 levels at home both pre- and post-pregnancy.

 

 

Learn more about MyOmega here:

 

MyOmega Personalised Omega-3 Recommendations: How it Works

Omega-3 Benefits

MyOmega Personalised Omega-3 Recommendations: How it Works

MyOmega can provide you with a personal Omega-3 recommendation, based on your individual needs.

2021-07-26 12:00:26By minami

Improve your Omega-3 levels by using MINAMI® supplements regularly. For best results and to see significant changes in your health, a daily usage of at least 3 months is recommended.



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