Is It Safe To Supplement Fish Oils (Omega 3s) During Pregnancy?

4 Nov

This is a question I get asked fairly often, so I thought I would place the answer here for everyone.

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital during pregnancy.  They are essential both for your wellbeing and the development of the baby growing inside you – particularly their nerve and brain development. 

However, you must select your omega-3 supplement very carefully as many brands are not as pure as you may think, or they may claim. 

(I do recommend specific brands – please contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk for details)

Some people make the mistake of supplementing cod liver oil during pregnancy, which can be dangerous as these supplements can contain excess levels of retinol. 

Omega-3s can be provided by oily fish, however this should not be done as an alternative to supplementing.  When eating a diet high in oily fish it is important to remember two things.  Firstly, that tuna (a common fish choice) has a high mercury content and so should be limited.  Secondly, that all fish are forced to live in the world’s polluted waters, and should therefore also be eaten 2-3 times a week as a maximum.

And so, not only is it safe to supplement omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy, it is vital that you do so.

For more information, feel free to contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk

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