Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation during pregnancy
n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids may help regulate a number of biological processes including those that are important during pregnancy and delivery.
Marine foods are rich sources of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids and evidence from observational studies has suggested a potential association between consumption of marine foods during pregnancy and reduced risk of certain adverse health outcomes such as pre-eclampsia, preterm birth and low birth weight.
Current evidence suggests that supplementation with n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids is associated with a reduced risk of preterm delivery and modest increase in birth weight, however further research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.
Further research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.
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