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How Much Do You Know About Omega 3?

We recently asked our wonderful eumom community a few questions about Omega 3, to see just how much they know about it, and if they really understand the benefits.

61% of our moms said:

That they are aware of the importance of taking Omega 3 during pregnancy, but there’s still a number who aren’t quite sure why they should take it!

As well as that, over half of our eumom members (57%) took an Omega 3 supplement during pregnancy, while 44% admitted to not taking any form of vitamin or Omega 3 supplement while breastfeeding.

The numbers are mixed in terms of who knows what, but that’s ok, that’s why we’re here!

Let’s talk about why you should take Omega 3 while pregnant and breastfeeding.

Importance of Omega 3 in Pregnant Women

  • Omega 3 is really important for the development of your baby’s brain and eyes.
  • Your body can’t produce Omega 3 on its own, so that’s why it’s important to include it in your diet. Your baby will get their Omega 3 supply from you and your diet too!
  • According to the Irish Nutrition & Dietic Institute, pregnant women should aim to eat two portions of oily fish a week, such as fresh tuna (canned tuna doesn’t count as oily fish), salmon, trout, and mackerel, as oily fish is a fantastic source of Omega 3.

The best way to increase your Omega 3 supply, and to make sure your baby gets all they need, is to eat plenty of foods rich in Omega 3.

Sources of Omega 3

  • Flaxseeds
  • Walnuts
  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Beef
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower

However, sometimes it is not possible to get enough Omega 3 from food alone, especially if you’re not a fan of the foods that contain it.

Omega 3 Supplements

For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, an Omega 3 supplement is recommended to be taken, especially if you are not a fan of oily fish. During pregnancy, the daily requirements of Omega 3 increase, which means it can be hard to get your daily supply from food alone.

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that pregnant and nursing women should consume an additional 100-200 mg Omega 3 daily in addition to the daily 250 mg EPA + Omega 3 intake recommended.

We recommend MorDHA Prenatal, which is a once daily formula containing 640mg of Omega 3 of which 480mg is made of DHA. MorDHA Prenatal will make sure you and your baby with have all of the benefits of Omega 3, giving you peace of mind.


This article has been sponsored by MorDHA Prenatal, available from leading pharmacies & health food stores nationwide, RSP: €30.79 


About the Author

Editor, Writer, Content Creator, Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. Mairéad Cahalan is Content Manager for eumom. Passionate about women's rights, music, mental health and red wine. Most importantly, she is a doting auntie to three wonderful little munchkins and an avid fan of all things Disney. Find her on Twitter.

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