Americans tend to be short on omega-3 fatty acids, but a pregnant woman can be especially deficient because she donates her own omega-3’s to her developing fetus.
Researchers linked diminished omega-3 reserves in postpartum women to a lowered capacity to release the feel good chemical serotonin and an increased risk of postpartum depresstion. They suggest that increased omega-3 intake may protect against post pregnancy depression.
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