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DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid often recommended for women during pregnancy. Thought to potentially protect against a number of pregnancy-related complications, DHA is also said to possibly promote the health of the developing child. Health Benefits For Baby. 1. DHA supports full-term pregnancy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12% of babies born in the U.S. are born 22 to 36 2. DHA is utilized rapidly by the baby’s brain and retina during pregnancy. 3. Taking DHA during pregnancy may support a. DHA supports the brain, eyes, and central nervous system, which is why it is uniquely important for pregnant and lactating women. The Benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil Omega-3s have been found to be essential for both neurological and early visual development of the baby.

Once an infant is born, DHA is important for healthy vision, healthy cognition, and a healthy immune system. 3-5 Statistically, mothers with high DHA levels during pregnancy have longer pregnancies 6-8 and fewer preterm births (<34 weeks). 6,8,9 Babies born to these moms tend to have higher birthweight, 6,10,11 and experience earlier gains in visual 12-14 and cognitive development. Fish oil and walnuts provide an essential fatty acid that can help boost your baby's brain and visual development.

There’s nothing fishy about i. DHA is a key nutrient for the metabolism, especially during pregnancy and lactation. The benefits of DHA are based on its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties improving both placental blood flow and amniotic membranes resistance.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the research-backed benefits of the omega-3s EPA and DHA include supporting the healthy development of the fetal brain, eye, and nervous system, healthy birth weight and gestational length, healthy immune system development, positive mood and well-being in mothers, and attention and focus in infants and children. Bottom line Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is one of the most important omega-3 fatty acids. Like most omega-3 fats, it’s linked to many health benefits. Part of. DHA (and Omega-3 fatty acids in general) may provide a number of health benefits to both baby and mother during pregnancy.

For one thing, DHA is prominent in the brain and eyes—and research has found that DHA during pregnancy may help support a baby’s developing brain. All in all, it’s a key, researched component of a prenatal regimen.*. DHA is commonly used for heart disease and high cholesterol.

It is also used for boosting memory and thinking skills, for aiding infant and child development, for certain eye disorders, and many.

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DHA must be mobilized from maternal stores or the prenatal diet must include adequate amounts of preformed DHA.

“Krause and Mahan’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process E-Book” by Janice L Raymond, Kelly Morrow
from Krause and Mahan’s Food and the Nutrition Care Process E-Book
by Janice L Raymond, Kelly Morrow
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

An average daily intake of 200 mg DHA during pregnancy and lactation currently is recommended (Koletzko et al, 2007), but studies are underway testing the benefit of larger amounts (Carlson et al, 2013).

“Krause's Food & the Nutrition Care Process, Iranian Edition E-Book” by L. Kathleen Mahan, Janice L. Raymond
from Krause’s Food & the Nutrition Care Process, Iranian Edition E-Book
by L. Kathleen Mahan, Janice L. Raymond
Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2016

Some contain DHA, which has health benefits for both mom and baby.

“Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider's Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth” by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
from Expecting 411 (4th edition): The Insider’s Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
by Ari Brown, Michele Hakakha
Windsor Peak Press, 2017

In the UK, 450 mg dayÀ1 of DHA and EPA combined is recommended for adults and pregnant women, the equivalent of consuming two servings (one serving¼140g) of fish a week, one of which is oil-rich.

“Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition” by Elsevier Science
from Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition
by Elsevier Science
Elsevier Science, 2012

Thus, even though DHA is mobilized during pregnancy, it may not be sufficient for fetal development.

“Fetal and Neonatal Physiology” by Richard A. Polin, Steven H. Abman, William W. Fox
from Fetal and Neonatal Physiology
by Richard A. Polin, Steven H. Abman, William W. Fox
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2011

Women should consume 300 mg of DHA daily during pregnancy [20].

“Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy” by Carol J. Lammi-Keefe, E.A. Reese, Sarah C. Couch, Elliot Philipson
from Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy
by Carol J. Lammi-Keefe, E.A. Reese, et. al.
Humana Press, 2008

In a study of high-risk women who had previously delivered early, supplementing with 2.7 grams (2,700 milligrams) of combined EPA and DHA per day reduced the chance of another preterm birth by a third.92

“Brain Health From Birth: Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year” by Rebecca Fett
from Brain Health From Birth: Nurturing Brain Development During Pregnancy and the First Year
by Rebecca Fett
Franklin Fox Publishing LLC, 2019

Maternal intake of DHA during pregnancy is significantly below the recommended 200 mg/day for healthy pregnancy outcomes.

“Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition” by Victor R. Preedy, Ronald Ross Watson, Colin R. Martin
from Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition
by Victor R. Preedy, Ronald Ross Watson, Colin R. Martin
Springer New York, 2011

Given DHA’s importance to babies, mothers-to-be should take supplements for the duration of their pregnancy.

“Dr. Atkins' Vita-nutrient Solution: Nature's Answers to Drugs” by Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Robert C. Atkins
from Dr. Atkins’ Vita-nutrient Solution: Nature’s Answers to Drugs
by Robert C. Atkins, M.D., Robert C. Atkins
Simon & Schuster, 1998

In contrast, fish oils provide DHA with a bond located in the sn-2 position which improves absorption; it also contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which is well absorbed but has not yet been proven to be safe in preterm infants when provided at a high amount [14].

“Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines” by B. Koletzko, B. Poindexter, R. Uauy
from Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: Scientific Basis and Practical Guidelines
by B. Koletzko, B. Poindexter, R. Uauy
S. Karger AG, 2014

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  • Silly question and I could easily get up and check my vitamins but my husband takes rainbow light multivitamin do multivitamins not have vitamin d??? My husband actually suffers from some anxiety… has for years. That’s good to know! I have collagen from vital proteins I didn’t know I could take it during pregnancy! Guess I’ll be using it again! I also didn’t know what protein powder I could use because I know some are harmful because of the ingredients. This was such a great video! I literally just bought this organic protein powder this morning for my husband who usually uses vega one but I wanted to switch him to this! So funny!

  • I was prescribed a prenatal by my doctor during my pregnancy. I don’t know what was in it (there was no listing of ingredients) We ended up losing that baby at 9 weeks 4 days.
    This time I’m taking folate before we conceive. I hope we can have our rainbow baby soon ��

  • Thank you so much for being SO THOROUGH in your explanation of all of the vitamins. I was starting to question my judgement and panic before I watched this video because so many people have told me to take folic acid but just like you, I did my research before starting to take a prenatal and decided on a natural folate. I really appreciate you explaining the difference between the two which has 100% reassured me that I made the right decision. THANK YOU!!! ��

  • I noticed that the prenatal vitamins contain vitamin A, is it safe? My doctor has suggested that vitamin A should be avoided during pregnancy.

  • Hi, You mentioned the importance of taking the active form of folate, the prenatal vitamin that I’m taking Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal lists Folate (from culture of S. cerevisiae) Do you think this is a good form of folate to take? I look forward to your suggestion. Your video has been so helpful!

  • Hi, I know this video is 7 month old. I’m trying to get pregnant. I would like to know your opinion on “Ritual” prenatal vitamin. It has active form of folate, and has interesting approach to it’s ingredients lists. I would appreciate your help.

  • Okay this is amazing! The only thing I disagreed with was, of course, going into the sun without sunscreen! Endocrinologists and derms would say no, no, it’s not worth it!

  • Thanks for the recommendation. You mentioned mama bird prenatal had raspberry leaf. Will it be safe during first and second trimester? What is your next recommendation?

  • Thank you so much! I’m in my first trimester and just ordered the supplements you recommend, the way you explained folate makes sense!

  • Never mentioned morninga it’s increases milk production 100 percent baobab 300 percent vit c, and no mention of luges iodine for cell energy, she even mentions energy and skips it

  • My vitamin D level back in August was 22.7. Doc didnt seem concerned as they didn’t mention anything to me. It seems as its on the low end. I’ll have to check out a supplement.