Getting your omega-3s during pregnancy may have a bundle of benefits.
You need them. You want them. HOW CAN YOU GET THEM?
Keeping this is mind, here are the MAIN SOURCES OF OMEGA-3:
For an average 4oz serving of salmon, you’ll get more than 2000 mg! That’s wonderful! In comparison, the largest study of omega-3 benefits in pregnancy used a supplement of 800mg daily. But a daily serving of fish is not the answer. Due to mercury content in fish, and the desire to avoid exposing the fetus to high and potentially dangerous levels, the CDC, your obgyn, and I all recommend about 12oz per week, on average, of low Mercury fish. That’s about 2-3 servings a week. Check out this article in Women’s Health (with a quote by yours truly) for more about fish consumption in pregnancy.
So, yes, supplement! Get your main source of omega-3s through your diet (fish, preferably, but plant based foods if you’re vegetarian). Supplement with an over the counter omega-3 (like cod fish oil, krill oil, or algae oil) to round out the rest.
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