Long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA), including docosahexaenoic acid, are components of cellular membranes that affect biological functioning. Most pregnant women consume inadequate amounts of n-3 LCPUFA and inadequately convert linolenic acid into docosahexaenoic acid. The purpose of this article is to educate nursing professionals on the importance of n-3 LCPUFA consumption during pregnancy and highlight the critical role of nursing professionals in supporting optimal consumption for improved metabolic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory potential.
Keywords: docosahexaenoic acid; omega-3 fatty acid; pregnancy; prenatal recommendations.
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