Is Taking Fish Oil Safe During Pregnancy?

Different vital nutrients are required for the healthy conception and sound development of your baby.

But very often it is difficult to obtain all the required minerals and vitamins in the recommended dose solely from your diet. In such cases intake of some important supplements are common by the pregnant women.

Omega-3 fatty acids are strongly suggested by the experts during pregnancy. And one of the richest sources of omega-3 is the fish oils. To fulfill this need many pregnant women decide to take fish oil supplements.

But many women are concerned about its safety during pregnancy. They think ‘Is taking fish oil supplement safe during pregnancy’. We discuss about this query from a general prospective.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the development of brain in fetus and infants. They are also required for vision and nerve development in the fetus and infants.

Deficiency of omega-3 has been associated with complications during and post pregnancy as well as during labor. It is surprising to note that it has also been linked to complications such as miscarriage, low birth weight, premature delivery, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, and post natal depression.

Taking fish oil throughout preconception and during pregnancy helps in assuring a sound and healthy pregnancy. It is essential for the developing baby as well as the mother.

The developing fetus acquires huge amount of omega-3 and omega-6 from the mother through the placenta. Hence it is essential for the expectant mother to get sufficient amount of them.

In general taking fish oil supplements during pregnancy is safe but no one can guarantee that it will not produce any side effects. We can only say that taking fish oil during the second half of pregnancy is safe.

Two types of fish oil supplements are available. It is suggested to avoid supplements that are made from the liver of the fish like cod liver oil. You should choose a supplement which does not use farm raised fish. 100% omega-3 fish oil should be preferred.

To eat fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids 2-3 times a week is the best option for pregnant women. In any case you should limit intake of fish high in mercury.

Fish oil may contain some pollutants and toxins which can pass to the fetus through placenta. Hence before taking fish oil you should check it with your doctor.

Rakesh Kumar Lakshman

Written many famous TV serials including Health Based TV Shows, several articles and stories for various renowned magazines and also written articles for websites.