What happens to a pregnant woman's DHA levels?
The last trimester (6th to 9th months) is when the nervous system of the fetus is developing most. It greedily accumulates DHA in its liver and brain. The DHA, of course, comes from the mother. In fact, during pregnancy, the level of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of mothers drops considerably, and the low levels may continue long after giving birth. Some researchers are investigating whether the depression some mothers experience after giving birth (the so-called "post-partum blues") is caused by depleted DHA levels.
DHA levels in women who are pregnant for the second or more time are lower than in first time mothers. The demands on the mother's DHA store may be so great when she carried her first child that she was never able to fully recover afterwards. Supplementing with DHA during the second or more pregnancy thus makes a lot of sense.
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