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Nutrients 2010, 2(2), 198-213; doi:10.3390/nu2020198
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Do Pregnant Women and Those at Risk of Developing Post-Natal Depression Consume Lower Amounts of Long Chain Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids?

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1 Now at Centre for Vision Research, Westmead Millennium Institute, University of Sydney Westmead Hospital, Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead NSW 2145; Australia 2 School of Health Sciences and Metabolic Research Centre, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522; Australia
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 28 January 2010 / Accepted: 11 February 2010 / Published: 21 February 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Omega-3 Update)
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Abstract

The aims were to compare intakes of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (LC n-3 PUFA) in pregnant and non-pregnant women in Australia and to compare these intakes to the Australian National Nutrition Survey of 1995 (NNS95) [1] and to determine if the LC n-3 PUFA intakes differed in women who may be ‘at risk’ compared with women ‘not at risk’ of developing post-natal depression (PND). A validated LC n-3 PUFA food frequency questionnaire and pregnant women’s Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) scores were used. LC n-3 PUFA intakes were comparable to the NNS95 but did not differ due to pregnancy or whether or not a woman is at risk of developing PND.
Keywords: long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA); pregnant women; postnatal depression long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC n-3 PUFA); pregnant women; postnatal depression
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Cosatto, V.F.; Else, P.L.; Meyer, B.J. Do Pregnant Women and Those at Risk of Developing Post-Natal Depression Consume Lower Amounts of Long Chain Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids? Nutrients 2010, 2, 198-213.

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