March of Dimes

Health
6:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Prenatal DHA Lowers Risk Of Pre-Term Birth

Newly-published research from the University of Kansas shows prenatal supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid called DHA reduce the risk of severely-premature birth and low birth weight.

Babies who are born before 34 weeks of gestation are typically very tiny, and are at elevated risk of death or disability. A five-year study by University of Kansas researchers Susan Carlson and John Colombo says those outcomes are much less likely when mothers-to-be take DHA supplements. 

March of Dimes Medical Director Edward McCabe says the study is highly credible.

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