Here in the northern latitudes, early signs of spring are starting to make their debut. The days are getting noticeably longer, the snow has (mostly) melted, and street cleaners are beginning to sweep away the winter gravel from sidewalks and roads, allowing for the first crunch-free walking since October. But there’s something else – much less apparent to most – that marks the start of our downward slope toward summer: the filling up of Sweden’s maternity wards.
Once arriving at their vacation haven, Swedes can fully shut down the work side of their brains and remain officially unreachable until their out of offices declare otherwise. Days are spent basking in the sun, swimming in the chilly ocean, relaxing in steamy saunas – with perhaps a few snaps thrown in here and there. The conditions are ideal for the complete unwinding that allows for more time between the sheets. Makes you wonder why all babies aren’t born in the spring.
So where do omega-3s fit in?
While we’re on the subject, let’s not forget about our omegas and the part they play in this union. Omega-3 DHA has been found to be especially high in the retina, in the brain and in sperm. Just as DHA helped the earliest algae organisms stay flexible under Earth’s changing atmosphere, it does the same for sperm, facilitating optimal movement. Getting those sperm moving on up!
Omega-3 DHA not only contributes to the pre-conception stage of baby-making; it is also critical for baby’s healthy development, both in utero and in the earliest stages of life outside the womb. For their brains, for their vision, for their nervous systems and so much more, DHA is hugely important – and can be easily obtained through the mother as she carries and then breastfeeds her little one by taking a supplement like our Simris® Algae Omega-3 for Mothers.
The latest in Swedish baby-making
In more recent years, the birth statistics in Sweden have shifted slightly. Swedes are doing more planning, it seems, regarding when they’d like their children to be born during the year. Birth rates are low in November and December (likely to avoid being the youngest in the class and celebrating a birthday around the holidays) and rates are high in the late spring and summer months when both parents can easily take more time off together. Another factor of this change could be an increase in flexible holiday-ing as the norms in the workplace change and time off throughout the year becomes more common.
Sweden’s birth statistics may vary over time, but its summers will always mean bright skies, holiday freedom and an attitude that’s a little bit more relaxed than the rest of the year. Is this the ideal combination for procreation? Hard to say – but we do know that omega-3s will increase the chances of its success on all fronts, and Simris’ line is a cut above the rest. Vegan, pure and high-quality: a healthy option for you and a healthy option for your baby (to-be). Your summer holiday may never be quite the same.