Given that omega-3 fatty acids protect both babies and mothers during pregnancy – babies from impaired brain development, and mothers from depression – it’s imperative that pregnant women ingest adequate amounts of these essential fats. At the Integrative Mental Health Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. on March 23, 2010, Dr. Joseph Hibbeln, lead clinical investigator at the National Institutes of Public Health and internationally recognized authority on the link between essential fatty acids and depression, explains precisely how much omega-3s pregnant women need in their diet and where to get them.

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