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Fish Oil For Pregnancy

What is DHA?
DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid, making up approximately 20% of the human brain and nervous system. DHA is not produced by the body and must be obtained through a proper diet or supplementation.

DHA plays a significant role in the development of baby in utero. It is transferred from the mother to the developing baby in the last trimester, supporting the growth spurt of the nervous system. DHA provides mood and nerve support for pregnant and nursing women.

A woman’s demand for DHA increases during pregnancy and will remain low for 9-12 months after delivery, unless proper nutrition or supplementation is implemented. To maintain optimal health in moms, babies, and children, international experts recommend a minimum of 300 mg of DHA per day (Simopoulos, 119-121).

How Do I Choose A Fish Oil Supplement?

  • Purity
    Free of mercury and other toxins, requiring high manufacturing standards.
  • Freshness
    Minimized oxidation ensures no fishy taste.
  • Taste
    Fishy smell or taste is a sign of a poorly manufactured oil.
  • Third Party Testing
    Guarantees quality, freshness, and purity.
  • Sustainability
    Environmentally responsible fishing protects our oceans.
  • How Much Is Enough?
    To satisfy the minimum intake required for a healthy pregnancy, ask your doctor for more information.
  • EPA/DHA Levels
    Make sure to read the supplement facts to know how much EPA and DHA you are getting. A 1000 mg fish oil soft gel refers only to the size of the soft gel, not the levels of EPA and DHA.

Below are the beliefs related to fish oil and pregnancy:

  • Omega-3 (fish oil) is the safest source of the essential fatty acid DHA
  • Omega-3 can increase birth weight and gestational length
  • Omega-3 improves attention and focus in infants and children
  • Omega-3 reduces the risk of allergies in infants
  • Omega-3 lowers the risk of child-onset diabetes
  • Omega-3 improves intelligence markers in children
  • Omega-3 promotes the healthy development of the fetal brain, eyes, nervous system, and immune system