Extreme Prevention: Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Ward Off Babies’ Colds

Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System, Women's Health, childbirth, pregnant, pregnancy, midwife, DePaul Midwifery Center, The Family Birth Center, The Mary Immaculate BirthplaceA new study suggests that preventative steps a mother takes during pregnancy may have an extended impact on their baby’s immune system.

The study, led by researchers at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, found that mothers who had been given DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid supplement during their pregnancy had babies that were sick less often and for shorter periods of time than other babies.

For some time experts have suspected the important role that omega-3 fatty acids play in fetal development. Experts are still waiting for more research to confirm these findings, but do encourage mothers to take prenatal vitamins to help ensure healthy development.

Pregnant women should always be careful when choosing any nutritional supplements, because many are not regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration. If you have a question about a certain product don’t hesitate to ask your ob/gyn!

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Source: MSN “Fish Oil in Pregnancy May Ward Off Babies’ Colds, Study Shows”

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