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omega-3. I started taking it about a mont or so ago..I use the Coromega brand because it tastes like orange creamcycle(sp) and i love it. I started taking it because my doctor recommended it for the girls since they are into sports and its so good for joint healt, but also good for brain and eye health..Here is an article that I have found.
Omega-3 fatty acids and healthier babies
By Pat Kendall, Ph.D., R.D.
Food Science and Human Nutrition Specialist
Colorado State University Cooperative Extension
August 26, 2002
The benefit of a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids in helping to reduce the risk of heart disease has received a lot of media attention lately. Omega-3 fatty acids are also very important for pregnant and breastfeeding women. One omega-3 fatty acid in particular – docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA – is considered essential for the optimal development of an infant’s brain and eyes, both during pregnancy and after birth. In addition, DHA may help prevent preterm labor and may help protect against postpartum depression.
During pregnancy, the fetus receives DHA from its mother through the placenta. Transfer of DHA from the mother to the fetus is greatest during the third trimester, a period of rapid development for the brain and nervous system. After birth, breast-fed infants continue to receive DHA through their mother’s milk.
The potential benefits of a diet rich in DHA during pregnancy and while breastfeeding have been under investigation for many years. Studies comparing infants born prematurely with full-term infants have found that preterm infants tend to have lower DHA levels as well as delayed visual and cognitive development. Other studies looking at breast-fed babies versus formula-fed babies (most formulas do not contain DHA) have found that breast-fed infants tend to have better visual acuity early in life.
Pregnant and breast-feeding mothers are encouraged to pay special attention to their diets to ensure an adequate consumption of foods rich in DHA. Currently, there is no dietary recommendation in the United States for the amount of DHA that should be consumed daily. However, the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids recommends pregnant women consume at least 300 milligrams of DHA each day.
Cold-water fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel and whitefish, are our best dietary sources of DHA. Indiscriminate consumption of fish, however, is not recommended for pregnant women. This is because many of our streams and oceans are contaminated with methylmercury, which can be harmful to a developing nervous system. While nearly all fish contain trace amounts of methylmercury, long-lived, larger fish that feed on other fish accumulate the highest levels and pose the greatest risk to people who eat them regularly. For these reasons, the Food and Drug Administration recommends that pregnant women or those thinking of becoming pregnant avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. The FDA has determined that up to 12 ounces per week (3 ounces is a normal serving size) of other cooked fish is safe for pregnant and nursing women. A good substitute for women who chose not to eat fish are the DHA-enriched eggs now available in many markets. Other functional foods containing omega-3 DHA should be on the market soon.
For the infant, breast milk is an excellent source of essential fatty acids, including DHA and AA, or arachidonic acid. While infant formulas supplemented with DHA and AA have been available for several years in countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America, they have not been allowed in infant formulas sold in the United States until recently. Currently, there are two brands of infant formula on the market in the United States that are supplemented with DHA and AA. These cost 10 percent to 20 percent more than regular formulas and have not been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics due to lack of conclusive evidence supporting the benefits of supplementing infant formulas with the two fatty acids.
Is it safe to take fish oil supplements during pregnancy?
Expert: Anna McGrail [See Biography]
Question: Is it safe to take omega 3 fish oil supplements during pregnancy?
Anna McGrail: Yes and no. There are two types of fish oil supplement — those made from the liver of the fish and those made from the body of the fish. Supplements made from the liver of the fish, such as cod liver oil, contain the retinol form of vitamin A and need to be either avoided altogether or strictly limited in pregnancy so that your daily intake does not exceed 3,300 micrograms (mcg). On the other hand, fish oils not derived from fish livers contain lots of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which is essential for your baby's developing eyes and brain.
DHA, also called omega 3 fatty acid, is found in concentrated amounts in oily fish and, in lesser amounts, in other foods, such as walnuts and linseeds. Including DHA in your diet is essential for your baby's normal brain, eye and vision development, especially during the last trimester. This may be one reason why premature babies are particularly at risk of eye and brain damage.
Fish especially rich in omega 3 fatty acids include tinned or fresh mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, pilchards, anchovies and sardines, and some experts recommend eating two fish meals per week. If you're not a big fish eater, you could take a fish oil supplement, but do make sure you choose one formulated specially for pregnant women.
At present, there is no recommended daily intake of DHA, although this is currently being researched. In the meantime, remember that if you eat a varied range of foods, including some oily fish, you may not need to supplement your diet anyway.
Thanks so much. That was so informative. Yeah, I was taking fish oil for my cholesterol and I thought my dr. was going to have a stroke (my primary dr. not my fertility) He told me to stop NOW because he said there was mercury even in those and that is no good ttc. Now I am on stupid meds but at least they suppose to be safe during pg. I just like the natural way.
On break this month taking BCP for cyst!