Omega-3 Prevents Pregnancy Complications. Mothers turning to hemp oil.

Omega-3 and Pregnancy

According to the National Institute of Health in a study conducted in 2008, pregnant women are not getting enough Omega 3 due to their restrictive diet. 

The study does mention that there is no known recommended dose of omega-3, but they do say that it likely exceeds that of a non-pregnant state.

The requirements during pregnancy have not been established, but likely exceed that of a non-pregnant state. Omega-3 fatty acids are critical for fetal neurodevelopment and may be important for the timing of gestation and birth weight as well. Most pregnant women likely do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids because the major dietary source, seafood, is restricted to 2 servings a week.

National Institute of Health – Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy 

Fish and Increasing Mercury Levels

Pregnant women are strongly advised to stay away from fish, and it’s no wonder with our world’s increasing mercury levels. 

“By comparing FAO data on global seafood consumption, we observed that from 2001 to 2011 the populations of 38 per cent of the 175 countries we analyzed would have been exposed to weekly doses of methylmercury far above the maximum safe level of consumption for foetal development,” said Lavoie. “Many of these populations are in coastal and island nations, especially developing countries.”

May 2018 –   

Even the Environmental Protection Agency has a warning against eating fish while pregnant from 2017, and health departments will tell you that mercury is not something that can be cleaned or removed from the fish.

Needless to say, our Fish Oil is also taking in this same mercury, which is why hemp oils are becoming more recommended for pregnant women.

Link Between Omega-3 and Preventing Depression in Pregnant Women

In a study titled Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Major Depressive Disorder During Pregnancy: Results From a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial it states in the background abstract:

Depression has been reported to be associated with the abnormality of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). A profound decrease of omega-3 PUFAs in the mother during pregnancy is associated with the higher demand of fetal development and might precipitate the occurrence of depression. In this study, we examined the efficacy of omega-3 PUFA monotherapy for the treatment of depression during pregnancy.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids forMajor Depressive Disorder During Pregnancy:Results From a Randomized, Double-Blind,Placebo-Controlled Trial
Kuan-Pin Su, M.D.; Shih-Yi Huang, Ph.D.; Tsan-Hung Chiu, M.D., Ph.D.;Kuo-Cherh Huang, Dr.P.H., M.B.A.; Chieh-Liang Huang, M.D.;Hui-Chih Chang, M.S.; and Carmine M. Pariante, M.D., Ph.D. 

This same study also tells us that doctors have a difficult time addressing depression during pregnancy,  especially during the third trimester, due to increased risk in prenatal complications. 

…antidepressants during the third trimester may be associated with considerably increased risk of perinatal complications. In addition, antidepressant use during pregnancy in women with a history of major depression is associated with a higher risk of premature delivery and lower gestational age at birth compared with women who elected to discontinue medication during pregnancy, and the adverse effect of antidepressants remained after the analyses controlled for severity and duration of depressive symptoms during pregnancy.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids forMajor Depressive Disorder During Pregnancy:Results From a Randomized, Double-Blind,Placebo-Controlled Trial
Kuan-Pin Su, M.D.; Shih-Yi Huang, Ph.D.; Tsan-Hung Chiu, M.D., Ph.D.;Kuo-Cherh Huang, Dr.P.H., M.B.A.; Chieh-Liang Huang, M.D.;Hui-Chih Chang, M.S.; and Carmine M. Pariante, M.D., Ph.D. 

Hemp for Pregnant Women

About Hemp Oil Essential Fatty Acids

The oil contained in the hemp seed is 75-80% polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good fats) and only 9-11% of the lesser desired saturated fatty acids. Hemp seed oil is reputed to be the most unsaturated oil derived from the plant kingdom. The essential fatty acids (EFAs) contained in hemp seed oil are required in our diet more than any other vitamin, yet our bodies do not naturally produce them. They must be obtained from external sources in the food we eat. – Hemp Seed & Oil Nutrition Facts – Natural Hemp Products

Does Hemp Oil Have Omega-3? 

Yes, and much more! Hemp is really one of the most incredible plants. See this quote from Hemp Basics:

Hemp seed oil has been dubbed “Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil”, due to the fact that it contains the perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 (linoleic/ LA) to Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic/ LNA) essential fatty acids, determined to be the optimum requirement for long-term healthy human nutrition. In addition, it also contains smaller amounts of three other polyunsaturated fatty acids in Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), oleic acid and stearidonic acid. This EFA combination is unique among edible oil seeds. – Hemp Seed Oil & Oil Nutrition Facts – Natural Hemp Products

Hemp Oil V.S. Fish Oil

Hemp Oil comes from hemp plants, which are grown organically, tested, and certified through the USDA. Hemp is renewable, clean, and thanks to the testing, free of pesticides, toxins, and other dangerous things that can harm us, whereas the fish are increasing in their toxicity over time.

Replacing your fish oil with hemp oil is completely logical!

Noetic Nutraceuticals does a fantastic job going over Fish Oil V.S. Hemp Oil.

Fish Oil Overview

  1. A 1000mg capsule of fish oil does not contain 1000mg of omega-3 fatty acids. Generally, you get about 300mg.
  2. Fish oil is extracted from the liver, skin or other parts of a fish. Some of these parts have toxins and it’s also possible to ingest plastics and other ingredients deleterious to your health (whatever the liver is processing) unless the oil has been properly processed. You could be ingesting these toxins.
  3. Fish that are higher on the food chain have higher levels of heavy metals, such as mercury, and we most certainly do not want to be ingesting those.
  4. Fish oils get easily oxidized by free radicals. This means that the oil unless protected by antioxidants, could be rancid by the time you consume it.
  5. Fish oil does not have the added nutritional benefits of plant-based sources. We lose fiber and other benefits as well.

Hemp Oil Overview

  1. Hemp oil contains an optimal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. It’s in a 3:1 ratio. Being it is from a plant, you also get nutrients/terpenes that you cannot otherwise get from fish oil. Hemp oil also has the superior omega-3 stearidonic acid (SDA) which converts to EPA far more superior than ALA (about 5-10x better). As a side note, flaxseed oil, which is a great oil, contains a bit more omega-3 fatty acids as compared to hemp oil. However, it does not have the idea ratio of omega:6 to omega-3 and it does not have any SDA…it only has ALA. This alone makes hemp oil superior to flaxseed oil.
  2. The hemp oil we use is grown organically and is non-GMO. Some would call it the ‘perfect’ oil! It is free of any contaminants. Period!
  3. ALA is a more stable form of omega-3 fatty acids, as is SDA. This means that the oxidation of oils we see with fish does not apply to hemp oil. Of course, we do not want to ever leave any oil in direct sunlight, or high heat. Regardless, hemp oil is very stable whereas fish oil is not.
  4. Plant-based oil, especially hemp oil, is loaded with phenols and antioxidants. It’s over 80% essential fatty acids. Not only does the oil offer the most balanced source of essential fatty acids, but it also helps with the reduction of free radicals. The hemp seed is loaded with vitamins and minerals, has low amounts of saturated fat, and has high levels of essential fatty acids.

Can you take CBD while pregnant?

Women from all over have begun to experiment with taking CBD oils while pregnant. Some have reported a decrease in nausea, and others have reported other great results. 

Right now, it’s highly controversial as to whether or not one should, however, we do know the following about cannabinoids and pregnancy:

The issue of exposure to cannabis during pregnancy reflects concerns that two different individuals may experience the potential adverse effects of cannabis, which is the illicit drug used most frequently by women of childbearing age. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that in 2015, 3.4 percent of pregnant women ages 15 to 44 had used marijuana during the previous month (CBHSQ, 2016). This is compared to 0.8 percent of pregnant women who used pain relievers, the next most used illicit drug among pregnant women (CBHSQ, 2016). In part because cannabis is an illicit drug, there is very little information on the physiological effects of cannabis in pregnancy on the mother. Moreover, most of the data reflect cannabis administered by smoking and not cannabis exposure through other routes of administration.
Concern about the fetus and newborn stems from the fact that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) crosses the placenta (Bailey et al., 1987). A rapidly growing body of evidence indicates that endocannabinoids play roles in a broad array of critical neurodevelopmental processes, from early neural stem cell survival and proliferation to the migration and differentiation of both glial and neuronal lineages as well as neuronal connectivity and synaptic function (Lubman et al., 2014). Another potentially important issue is that THC is secreted in breast milk and can accumulate to high concentrations (Garry et al., 2009).

National Institute of Health – 
The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research. – 

Marijuana is one of the most widely used substances during pregnancy in the United States. Emerging data on the ability of cannabinoids to cross the placenta and affect the development of the fetus raise concerns about both pregnancy outcomes and long-term consequences for the infant or child. Social media is used to tout the use of marijuana for severe nausea associated with pregnancy. Concerns have also been raised about marijuana use by breastfeeding mothers. With this clinical report, we provide data on the current rates of marijuana use among pregnant and lactating women, discuss what is known about the effects of marijuana on fetal development and later neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomes, and address implications for education and policy.

AAP News & Journals – Pediatrics –
Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Implications for Neonatal and Childhood Outcomes – 


Heartland Hemp Inc. does not in any way condone smoking, vaporizing, or eating synthetic cannabinoids at any time. Heartland Hemp Inc. does not condone the use of high THC products while breastfeeding or pregnant. Heartland Hemp Inc. does not claim to provide or replace health advice from a medical professional.  

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