Omega-3 fatty acids are "anti-inflammatory" fats that have been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson's disease or Multiple Sclerosis MS), inflammation, psychiatric conditions (such as ADD, depression, and anxiety) as well as beneficial for pregnancy and a child's growing brain.
Additionally, omega-3 has been demonstrated to have successful outcomes for autoimmune conditions that are characterized by inflammation, including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, Raynaud's, lupus and more. This is because the EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) works on the same pathway that many over-the-counter NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen) does. It does so without the stomach/digestive issues that high dose NSAIDs can cause.
Having adequate amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy is vital, as the formation of the brain (which requires fatty acids for development) is most critical BEFORE the first pregnancy test, and a baby's brain grows fastest during the 3rd trimester and onward, requiring even more fatty acids. A study in 2011 revealed that maternal supplementation with fish oil reduces preterm birth and increases birth weight.
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*Do not begin a supplementation regimen unless under the supervision of a medical care provider