How important is Omega-3 during Pregnancy?

This post was sponsored by Salveo and is about Omega-3 during Pregnancy.

Can I be honest with you? I feel like the worst mom in the world right now.

Instead of enjoying these precious moments with my newborn baby, I keep wondering if I have done enough for my baby’s development throughout my pregnancy.


I feel guilty.

I did not take my prenatal vitamins every day during my pregnancy.

Experts stress on this topic and I know how important it is for baby’s development but… I just couldn’t put myself through that torture again.

Every time I took a fish oil tablet, I ended up gagging or throwing up. Instead of being miserable, I decided to eat more fish and foods that were High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Omega-3 DHA is essential for the development of baby’s central nervous system, the retina of the eye and to support memory and cognitive function after birth. However, a healthy diet or omega-3 supplements may not be enough to meet the needs of your baby’s growing brain and body.


Sometimes even the healthiest mothers may have low levels of omega-3 DHA due to either low intake or gastrointestinal malabsorption.

Did you know that approximately 70% of the total number of brain cells meant to last a person’s lifetime form BEFORE BIRTH and that the amount of DHA available during this time has been closely linked to INTELLIGENCE and COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE in infancy and childhood?

During pregnancy, you are your baby’s only source of omega-3 DHA but your body cannot produce this critical element for healthy development. It can only be acquired from diet and vitamins.

How would you know if you are doing enough for your baby’s development when it comes to omega-3 DHA?

That is a question that I have always asked myself and I recently found the answer to it!

Have you heard of the MyOmega screening test?

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MyOmega was recently launched by Ecsponent Biotech in South Africa.

It’s a simple home test kit that uses a self-collectible blood spot (during pregnancy) to create an accurate analysis of your omega-3 DHA levels.

Why should you consider it?

The MyOmega 3 test gives you the peace of mind that you are providing adequate levels of omega-3 DHA to your child via a detailed report which includes recommendations based on findings. The report allows us moms to alter our diet, or take additional supplements, according to the context of our personal health profile.

Why test your blood?

It is the only way to get an accurate result in order to make the dietary changes that may be needed by measuring your blood level of omega-3s.

How does it work?

It literally takes you less than 10 minutes to do.

Once you purchased your kit, you can open it and read the instructions.


You will be given the following:

  • A test requisition form to fill out.
  • An alcohol prep pad.
  • A lancet (small instrument to self-collect your blood sample) to prick your finger.
  • A collection card for your blood.
  • Courier bag to send the test sample in.


How do you use the kit?

  • Read instructions carefully.
  • Call the lab to request collection of your test.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Take the test by pricking your finger with the lancet and then immediately drop blood on the filter paper provided for collection.


  • Let the blood spot dry for 20 minutes by holding it up before inserting it into the small white bag which will be sent for testing.
  • Place the small bag along with the test requisition form into the delivery bag which will be collected.
  • The test will then be collected by Ecsponent Biotech affiliated courier service for analyzing and you can expect your results within 7 days.

The test results are confidential.


The price of a MyOmega test is R 990 each, which includes the kit, the tests, and the results report with recommendations.

If you purchase your kit before the 1st of August 2017, you will pay R690 instead of R990! All you need to do is contact Salveo and mention You, Baby and I blog. To make use of this discount email [email protected] or call 0878080170.

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About Ecsponent Biotech

Ecsponent Biotech is a South African company, that invests in products and services that promote the adoption of personalized and regenerative medicine among South Africans to improve their quality of life. In addition to Ecsponent Biotech’s stem cell service, CryoSave and Salveo, has launched two vital omega-3 tests for expectant mothers – MyOmega and MyMilk.

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m an entrepreneur and a sucker for good adventures. I was listed in Forbes Africa 30 under 30 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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1 Comment

  1. 2017-06-21 / 13:57

    I am more than halfway and have yet to pop 1 multivitamin! 🙁 Please don’t feel bad. You’re not alone and I’m sure your diet was adequate enough for you and your baby. (He’s gorgeous by the way).

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