Omega-3 during pregnancy


Between 5% and 10% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs only during pregnancy. It is more common in the second half of the pregnancy, and usually disappears after giving birth. A woman’s body goes through enormous changes during pregnancy; among them, the placenta produces hormones that help the baby grow and develop, but these hormones also cause insulin resistance (the cells use less effectively insulin, a hormone that helps control blood sugar levels) and this increases the necessity of insulin. If the body cannot produce enough insulin, gestational diabetes appears. This disorder can cause problems for the mother and for the baby during gestation and after birth, but the risk of these problems can be reduced if it’s detected and well managed. Most women with gestational diabetes have a healthy pregnancy, normal delivery and a healthy baby. The treatment is healthy eating, physical activity and maintaining a normal blood glucose level during pregnancy.

And it is important to know that in women with gestational diabetes, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E has shown to have beneficial effects on some biomarkers of oxidative stress (that means too much free radicals), which plays a great role in the development of diabetes.




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