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Omega 3’s : essential for a healthy pregnancy

For our family Easter lunch my amazing father-in-law barbequed a 5kg fresh salmon packed with Omega 3’s for all of us to enjoy. The next day I enjoyed the leftovers served warm with a roasted veggie quinoa salad. Here is the salad recipe

Researchers* have recently concluded that omega-3 fatty acids may be just as valuable as folate for an unborn baby’s development. A recent study has found that a specific type of omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), improves a baby’s brain development. Two other studies on omega-3 fatty acids found that pregnant women who consume omega-3s give birth to babies with a lower risk of food allergies and eczema. This follows earlier research that suggested a low intake of omega-3 fatty acids could increase the risk of mothers having an early delivery.

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Taking a a good quality fish oil supplement, during pregnancy, as well as eating foods such as cooked salmon that are rich in omega-3s, is like an insurance policy that your baby is getting a good supply of these beneficial fats. So eat your healthy fats mummas !  

Note : it is important NOT to eat raw or uncooked salmon or meats during pregnancy to avoid listeria.

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