Fish oil supplements could help cut preterm birth for 25 cents a day

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Supplements containing omega-3, such as fish oil tablets, could be used to help prevent pre-term birth for less than 25 cents a day and could be added to the PBS, according to an Australian expert. She says omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to halve the rate of early preterm birth, in a previous Australian study, and that widespread public health messaging is needed to ensure pregnant women are buying the right omega-3, in the right dose, and taking it from 12 weeks into pregnancy. A PBS listing would help the most vulnerable pregnant women access the right intervention, she says.

Journal/conference: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Organisation/s: The University of Notre Dame Australia, The Australian National University, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)

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