Omega-3 is known to be an essential nutrient for baby's growth and development. A recent study from New Zealand suggests that women are not getting enough of omega-3 fatty acids from their diet.
The study which was carried out by the Massey's School Of Sport, Exercise And Nutrition, is the first ever to look at the omega-3 fatty acid intake of pregnant women in New Zealand that recommends a daily intake of 115 mg of omega-3 per day.
However, there are several International organizations which recommend that pregnant women should aim for at least 200 mg of omega-3 fatty acid, known as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) per day.
Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential nutrient for pregnant women, as they help form important building blocks for the cell and are also essential for the development of the baby's brain and growth.
Two serves of fish (150 g per serve) per week can contribute to meeting polyunsaturated fatty acid recommendations.
Opting for fish like canned tuna, canned salmon, mackerel or sardines, etc., is considered good for pregnant women.
Fish and seafood also provide several other nutrients, including protein and iodine that are important for the foetal development.