Should You Take Omega-3s for PPD? If So, How Much?

Want to know whether you should take omega-3s for PPD? How much? What kind? What about for antenatal depression?

Well, I’ve got answers for you. Hooray! A set of specific, physician-created guidelines on taking omega-3 fatty acids as part of treatment for postpartum depression! I know you’re going to want to check this out, from Dr. Marlene Freeman at the MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health.

About Katherine Stone

is the creator of this blog, and the founder and executive director of Postpartum Progress. She has been named a WebMD Health Hero, one of the fiercest women in America by More magazine, and one of the 15 most influential patient advocates to follow. She is a survivor of postpartum OCD.

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  1. Lori @ I Can Grow Pe says:

    Thank you for posting this! I was just thinking about this these week!!

  2. Lori @ I Can Grow Pe says:

    *about this earlier this week —is what I meant. Sorry, I was just so dang excited!

  3. Yes, you should take Omega 3's for PPD. For most people 1 gram a day will do it. For those dealing with bipolar or other complicated disorders, Dr. Driscoll and Jeanne Watson recommend 5-10 grams a day in their groundbreaking book," Women's Moods: What every women must know about hormones.." I personally take 10 grams a day with no side effects.


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