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Omega-3s ease depressive symptoms during pregnancy

Prenatal depression is common in pregnant women, with effects in both the mothers and their children. In this study, doctors measured omega-3 levels in 16 healthy pregnant women and 17 pregnant women with prenatal depression.

Overall, women with prenatal depression had lower levels of omega-3s, and a higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, compared to the healthy pregnant women. Looking more closely, women with prenatal depression had lower levels of the omega-3s EPA and DHA, and higher levels of a sign of inflammation.

Doctors said the brain is rich in omega-3s which regulate biological processes that directly affect mood and cognitive function, and that these findings support the connection between omega-3 fatty acids and healthy mood in pregnancy.

 

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