Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk factors of developing heart disease. This type of fatty acid also plays an important role in the development of your baby’s brain, nervous system and eyes, and contributes to normal cognitive development, which enables your baby to think and learn.
Potential long-term benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids to your baby during pregnancy and lactation include:
- A healthy birth weight
- Reduced risk of preterm delivery
- Reduced risk of developing eczema later in life
- Healthier, stronger bones
- A positive effect on overall development, including verbal, motor and social skills.
Omega-3, found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, is especially important for mothers during late pregnancy and the first few months after birth. It is thought to potentially reduce your risk of antenatal and postnatal depression.
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