For a long time, women have been told to avoid fish and fish oil supplements during pregnancy due to the high amounts of mercury. A recent study, however, links fish oil supplements to a reduced risk of premature birth. The EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids in particular were shown to help when women started taking the supplements at 12 weeks of pregnancy. There is still not a large understanding to the causes of premature birth, so this is seen as a huge breakthrough.
- Some of the supplements that are being given out by doctors are helpful for reducing the numbers of babies being born prematurely.
- The natural remedies like these oils are very good for people who do not like taking traditional medicine.
- Doctors are constantly evolving and looking for new ways in which they can help their patients.
“‘This is one of the reasons omega-3 supplementation in pregnancy is of such great interest to researchers around the world. There are not many options for preventing premature birth, so these new findings are very important for pregnant women, babies and the health professionals who care for them’.”