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Habitual fish consumption does not prevent a decrease in LCPUFA status in pregnant women (the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study)

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posted on 2008-06-01, 00:00 authored by M Bonham, E Duffy, J Wallace, P Robson, G Myers, P Davidson, T Clarkson, C Shamlaye, J Strain
Information on the status of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) in pregnancy and breast milk in very high fish-eating populations is limited. The aim of this study was to examine dietary intake and changes in fatty acid status in a population of pregnant women in the Republic of Seychelles. Serum docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) decreased significantly between 28-week gestation and delivery (n=196). DHA status did not correlate significantly with length of gestation and was not associated with self-reported fish intake, which was high at 527 g/week. In breast milk, the ratio of DHA to arachidonic acid (AA) was consistent with those observed in other high fish-eating populations. Overall the data suggest that high exposure to LCPUFAs from habitual fish consumption does not prevent the documented decrease in LCPUFA status in pregnancy that occurs as a result of foetal accretion in the third trimester of pregnancy.

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Journal

Prostaglandins, leukotrienes and essential fatty acids

Volume

78

Issue

6

Pagination

343 - 350

Publisher

Churchill Livingstone

Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

ISSN

0952-3278

eISSN

1532-2823

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Elsevier Ltd.

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