Omega-3 Supplementation and Full-Term Birth

Full-term birth is best for the proper development and survival of infants. After conducting a systematic review of the scientific literature, London, UK, researchers reported that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation helps support full-term births,* or births that occur after at least 37 weeks gestation (November 2015). In fact, the researchers noted a significant increase in both mean gestational age and mean birth weight,* both key factors in the health of newborn infants. The World Health Organization recommends a daily intake of at least 300 mg of omega-3 fatty acids.

Incredibly, Western diets can have as low as 15 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day. xEO Mega®, doTERRA’s fatty acid supplement, is a great source of omega-3s and other fatty acids. Pregnant and nursing women should consult with a physician before starting any dietary supplement.




doTERRA Science blog articles are based on a variety of scientific sources. Many of the referenced studies are preliminary and further research is needed to gain greater understanding of the findings. Some articles offer multiple views on general health topics and are not the official position of doTERRA. Consult your healthcare provider before making changes to diet or exercise.

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