Kelton Research sponsored by the Society for Women’s Health Research from Washington, D.C has conducted a research on women’s knowledge about the needed nutrients during pregnancy that would secure the child’s proper development.
Most women knew only about two of the three essential nutrients needed during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Most of the women were advised about taking folic acid and calcium with vitamin D but no one ever told them how important DHA Omega-3 was. DHA Omega-3 is an important nutrient for development of the baby’s brain, heart and eyes not to mention the benefits it has on mothers’ overall health.
If DHA omega-3 risk was taken during pregnancy, it aids in preventing pre-term deliveries and possibly post-partum depression.
The researchers conducted reveals that 79% of interviewed women knew that leafy vegetables were a source of folic acid and 97% knew about dairy products being a good source of calcium.
About 68% have never heard about the importance of omega 3 fatty acids and 72% of women had no idea that omega 3 could be picked up from flax, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and coldwater fish and foods that oil can be extracted from.