Omega 3 oils and pregnancy

Midwifery Today Int Midwife. Spring 2004;(69):26-31.


Women can safely commence omega 3 intake in early pregnancy to allow the full benefits to be incorporated into the body. Pregnant women should consider the intake of omega 3 oils and evening primrose oil throughout pregnancy in order possibly to prevent preterm delivery, promote an easier birth, assist the baby's brain and eye health and preprogram the baby's cell membranes for optimum lifelong wellness. Benefits to the mother may include prevention of postnatal depression and the comfort of knowing that she is giving her baby a healthy start in life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antioxidants / therapeutic use*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Fatty Acids, Essential / therapeutic use*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Labor, Obstetric / drug effects
  • Linoleic Acids
  • Maternal Welfare
  • Mothers* / education
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Plant Oils
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • gamma-Linolenic Acid


  • Antioxidants
  • Fatty Acids, Essential
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • Linoleic Acids
  • Plant Oils
  • evening primrose oil
  • gamma-Linolenic Acid