Pregnant Woman Low in Omega-3 Suffer Postpartum Depression

 Pregnant Women are most likely to suffer postpartum depression.  New evidence reveals pregnant women are typically deficient in Omega-3.  Eating fish while pregnant may lower the deficiency.

The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry reports:  

Low levels of omega-3 may be behind postpartum depression, according to a review lead by Gabriel Shapiro of the University of Montreal and the Research Centre at the Sainte-Justine Mother and Child Hospital. Women are at the highest risk of depression during their childbearing years, and the birth of a child may trigger a depressive episode in vulnerable women. Postpartum depression is associated with diminished maternal health as well as developmental and health problems for her child.

 The findings support eating more fish and/or getting more supplements to address the deficiency.

The findings also reveal:

Because omega-3 is transferred from the mother to her fetus and later to her breastfeeding infant, maternal omega-3 levels decrease during pregnancy, and remain lowered for at least six-weeks following the birth. Furthermore, in addition to the specific biological circumstances of pregnant women, it has been found in the US that most people do not consume sufficient amounts of omega-3.

Postpartum Depression May Be Reduced By Eating More Fish." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 19 Nov. 2012. Web.
25 Nov. 2012. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/252885.php> 

 

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