Reduced premature labour rates with omega supplementation? There’s nothing fishy about that.
By Emilie Salomons Dr. TCM, FABORM on Thu, Dec 06 2018
A new updated Cochrane Review published November 15th, 2018, has shown that a higher intake of foods containing omega‐3 long‐chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), such as fish, during pregnancy have been associated with longer gestations and improved perinatal outcomes.
The review looked at 70 randomized control studies and found that the increase in omega 3:
- lowered the risk of having a premature baby (less than 37 weeks) by 11%
- lowered the risk of having an early premature baby (less than 34 weeks) by 42%
- reduced the risk of having a small baby (less than 2500g) by 10%
Now that we established that consuming fish or fish oil is beneficial during pregnancy, there are a few basics to know before you start.
When consuming fish, not all fish are safe and good to consume regularly in pregnancy. I suggest fish with low mercury levels, like wild salmon, sole, cod and trout. Wild caught are also preferred over farmed due to the ratio of EPA and DHA being higher in wild when compared to farmed.
For more of eating fish, visit: global seafood
Supplementing with fish oil:
When taking fish oil supplements, look for a fish oil that has high EPA and DHA in it. I suggest: 2000mg daily of DHA rich omega-3 oils – I like brands like Nordic Naturals or NutraSea
For more supplement suggestions in pregnancy, check out my previous blog: Pregnancy Supplements 101
Dr. Emilie Salomons