Getting your omega-3s during pregnancy may have a bundle of benefits.
reduced risk of preterm labor. We think unexplained preterm labor may be associated with inflammation in general. Omega-3s decrease inflammation so may also decrease preterm labor associated with inflammation.
smaller incidence of low birthweight infants. I’m not exactly sure why, but omega-3s are vasodilators. More blood flow to baby equals more nutrients equals better growth.
reduced peripartum depression.
reduced risk of diabetes or high blood pressure related to pregnancy (gestational diabetes and gestational hypertension/ preeclampsia).
You need them. You want them. HOW CAN YOU GET THEM?
I didn’t suffer from extreme nausea or vomiting during pregnancy, although a week or so of Diclegis got me through the hard part. I didn’t have extreme cravings or aversions. All those Yogurtland trips were purely an indulgence. Man were they good.
But my perception of the way food tasted did change. I’m not alone. Up to 93% of women report some change in their gustatory sense during pregnancy. This is the fancy word for taste. Comes from the latin word gustare, meaning “to taste”.
On a side note, for those of you who missed (skipped) or miss (long for) latin class in high school, here are some other latin sensory terms:
aural, from latin auris, meaning “ear”
olfactory, from latin olfactus, meaning “to smell”
tactile, from latin tactilis, meaning “that may be touched”