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Hi Dr., How much DHA does a pregnant woman intake per day? I used to eat a small slice of salmon once or twice a week. Thank you!

Hi Dr.,
How much DHA does a pregnant woman intake per day? 
I used to eat a small slice of salmon once or twice a week. Thank you!

DHA: Various organizations recommend slightly different amounts. Around 500 mg is a general consensus. Many prenatal vitamins have DHA. This is an easy way to get the supplement in. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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What brand of prenatal vitamins would you suggest for a pregnant woman to take that has, iron, folic acid, dha,vit d, etc?.thanks

What brand of prenatal vitamins would you suggest for a pregnant woman to take that has, iron, folic acid, dha,vit d, etc?.thanks

Many brands ok: Prenatal vitamins contain more folic acid and iron than do standard adult multivitamins. These two are especially needed for healthy fetal development. Other important nutrients are calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, copper, & vitamin B-6. Prenatal vitamins are a complement to a healthy diet. The brand is up to you, your doctor and/or pharmacist. DHA is not recommended. ...Read more

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Should women take DHA capsule during pregnancy? if so, when to start? What's the best ratio of DHA:EPA? And what's doses recommended for pregnancy?

Should women take DHA capsule during pregnancy? if so, when to start? What's the best ratio of DHA:EPA? And what's doses recommended for pregnancy?

DHA in pregnancy: Research indicates that the two most beneficial Omega-3s are EPA and DHA Although EPA and DHA naturally occur together and work together in the body, studies show that each fatty acid has unique benifits EPA supports the heart and immune system, DHA supports the brain,eyes, and central nervous system which is why it is uniquely important for pregnant and lactating women 300 mg DHA daily ...Read more

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What to eat to fulfill DHA during pregnancy?

What to eat to fulfill DHA during pregnancy?

DHA: Fish oils, supplemental DHA if you do not like fresh fish. Enfamil makes a supplement for pregnant and nursing mothers that contains both DHA and ARA ...Read more

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In regards to pregnancy, what is dpa, epa, and dha?

In regards to pregnancy, what is dpa, epa, and dha?

Essential fatty acid: These are short forms of the essential fatty acids which are important for the new unborn child's proper development especially of the brain. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) & docosahexaenoic acid(DHA) are essential human nutrients. Therefore now a days they are being stressed both for the pregnant women as well as the growing infants who are taking formulas. ...Read more

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I am taking se-natal 19 because I am going to try to become pregnant. Is it a good prenatal to be on, or is it lacking in any way? Is DHA crucial?

I am taking se-natal 19 because I am going to try to become pregnant.  Is it a good prenatal to be on, or is it lacking in any way? Is DHA crucial?

NOT NECESSARY: In my opinion, prenatal vitamins are not needed prior to conception for 99% of healthy women. They do not increase fertility. The only vitamin that is needed prior to conception and during is Folic Acid 1 mg daily.. ...Read more

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How much chia seeds should I eat to supplement DHA during pregnancy?

How much chia seeds should I eat to supplement DHA during pregnancy?

Chia Seeds: At this time the general recommendation is that chia seeds not be consumed during pregnancy or lactation (due to lack of research). Possible side effects from chia include ^ gas (flatus), bloating ; constipation (w inadequate hydration). Because of omega 3 fatty acids, use of Aspirin or blood thinners could be problematic. People w bleeding disorders or who may be undergoing surgery should d/w. ...Read more

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