Increased intake of omega-3 during pregnancy can reduce preterm births

Commentary on: Middleton P, Gomersall JC, Gould JF, et al. Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2018;210. Art. No: CD003402. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003402.pub3

Implications for practice and research

Increasing omega-3 intake during pregnancy may reduce the incidence of preterm birth.

No further studies comparing omega-3 with placebo are required.

Future research should ensure inclusion of wider socioeconomic populations and assess longer term maternal and child outcomes.

The WHO defines preterm births as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy; 10.6% of all live births globally are preterm, and it is the leading cause of death for children aged 

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