Pregnancy is an exciting yet nervous time and all women want to give their baby the best start in life. The subject of nutritional supplementation in pregnancy is often controversial but the supplementation of the omega 3 essential fatty acids, EPA and especially DHA, is known to be of great benefit to mother and baby.
The omega 3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA, are called essential for good reasons. They have a vast array of functions within the body and as we are unable to make them ourselves a good supply is vital. During pregnancy the mother is the sole source of omega-3 fatty acids for the baby. This extends to breastfeeding, breast milk provides DHA for the baby. Supplementation of DHA has shown to improve the levels of DHA in breastmilk.