GPs urged to prescribe omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy

The call comes as a Cochrane review reports the supplements clearly lower the risk of preterm birth

Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy is clearly associated with a reduced risk of premature birth, according to an updated Cochrane review.

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The review, covering 70 random­ised controlled trials involving nearly 20,000 women, compares outcomes for those ingesting high omega-3s from supplements or food with those taking placebo or no omega-3s.

Conducted by the SA Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) with Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the University of Adelaide, the review suggests