Increased intake of omega-3 fats during pregnancy can reduce the risk of premature birth, new research has found.

Conducted by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute with Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the University of Adelaide, the study shows daily omega-3 supplementation can cut the risk of birth before 37 weeks by 11 per cent and the risk of birth before 34 weeks by 42 per cent.

“This is an extremely promising finding because we now have strong evidence omega-3 supplements are a simple and cost-effective intervention to prevent premature birth, which we know has serious health implications,” institute deputy director Maria Makrides said.

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