A Danish study suggests that women with a rich Omega-3 diet during pregnancy give birth to children with “healthy” birth weights and are less often subject to premature births. It is well known that Omega-3 plays an important role in the development of the fetus and infant’s nervous system and that women with a poor diet of Omega-3 in pregnancy are at greater risk of postpartum depression
The authoritative confirmation of the need to ensure an adequate take-up of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) during this delicate phase has recently come (September 2005) from the European Consensus Recommendation on Poli-unsaturated Fat Acids for Pregnant Women (PERILIP ), aiming to improve nutrition guidelines during pregnancy and natal growth.
Experts in nutrition, development and function of placenta, obstetrics and neonatology, led by Dr. Berthold Koletzko and Dr. Irene Cetin, have completed work recommending a daily daily dose of 200mg of DHA for pregnant women and breastfeeding .
PERILIP has highlighted the fact that taking up to 1g DHA or 2.7 g of long chain chain poly-unsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA) has proved to have no significant side effects in various clinical trials. Such a recommendation could soon become an integral part of the new EU official guidelines, which among other things funded the work of the above-mentioned PERILIP conference.