Omega-3s and DHA in Prenatal and Postpartum Nutrition

June 11, 2020
Written by Fredrika Gullfot, PhD
(Founder of Simris)

There are an infinite number of health and wellness recommendations when it comes to what’s best for both baby and mama, especially in regard to those vital nutrients and supplements we need most during these critical stages. As a new or expecting mama, you’ve likely taken a deep dive or two in the depths of the internet and maybe you’ve even made it to page 4 in the google search— we’ve all been there.

While you should always consult with your doctor to decide what’s best for you and your unique needs, omega-3 remains a highly recommended staple in your daily wellness routines. Studies have shown omega-3 DHA plays a major role during pregnancy and in the early stages of life, supporting several critical areas of development.

What is Omega-3 & DHA?

DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid mainly found in marine foods but is actually originally found in microalgae, not fish — a common misconception. The truth about most modern diets is that it’s difficult to obtain the amounts of omega-3 that our bodies require. Algae omega-3 supplementation is a great way to ensure the daily omega-3 needs are met.

DHA, Maternity & Motherhood

The time when sufficient intake of DHA is most needed to support your baby is:

• Brain Development & Function
• Eye Development & Function
• Normal Nervous System Development
• Attention Span
• Motor Skills & Eye-Hand Coordination

As for maternal benefits, studies also suggest that adequate DHA intake may support the mental health of the mother. Developing infants rely on their mother for DHA, and receive it through the placenta during pregnancy, and through breast milk when nursing. Numerous health bodies globally thus recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women increase their intake of omega-3 DHA.

Want to learn more about Omega-3s and DHA and their role in prenatal, postpartum, newborn and toddler health? Join our upcoming event, The LowDown on Prenatal and Postpartum Supplements.

With a mission of maintaining a healthy dose of omega-3 while reducing environmental stresses like overfishing, a major contributor to the deconstruction of our oceans, the mother-daughter duo behind Simris has developed your fully vegan source of omega-3s produced on their own state-of-the-art innovative algae farm in the sunny south of Sweden.