Can you eliminate the risk of a “preemie” baby? 19 Sep 2020
The focus of all pregnant women is a happy, health, baby and that includes carrying the baby full term obviously if there is no risk to the mother's health.
Women in the US and the rest of the developed world are typically low in DHA (omega-3), with levels well below those reported in countries like Japan where more fish is eaten. Women with low levels of the nutrient are much more likely to give birth prematurely. Until recently there was no effective method to prevent spontaneous early preterm birth.
Analyses of two clinical trials -- one in the U.S. and the other in the Australia -- suggest that thousands of early preterm births -- those at or before 34 weeks' gestation -- could be prevented if pregnant women took daily omega-3 supplements. Taking the supplement can reduce the risk to just 1.5%. Researchers estimated that more than 106,000 high-risk early preterm births could be avoided in the U.S. and about 1,100 could be prevented in Australia each year if pregnant women took daily supplements of omega-3.