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If a pregnant takes fish oil supplements for the DHA content, is that good or bad for her baby?

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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Discuss with OB

Yes many ob's recommend fish oil supplements for fetal benefits.
They can also be used to lower triglycerides during pregnancy. Fish oil supplements may increase the bleeding time, such that they should probably be stopped prior to a planned delivery or c-section to avoid any bleeding complications surrounding delivery.

In brief: Discuss with OB

Yes many ob's recommend fish oil supplements for fetal benefits.
They can also be used to lower triglycerides during pregnancy. Fish oil supplements may increase the bleeding time, such that they should probably be stopped prior to a planned delivery or c-section to avoid any bleeding complications surrounding delivery.
Dr. James Underberg
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Dr. Natalie Geary
I would add that the DHA and ARA contents of the supplements made by certain pharmaceutical companies should be carefully reviewed to be sure you are taking high quality
Dr. Gregory Gapp
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Good

Dha is believed to be important in fetal brain development so i believe that fish oil supplements taken in moderation might help and will not hurt.

In brief: Good

Dha is believed to be important in fetal brain development so i believe that fish oil supplements taken in moderation might help and will not hurt.
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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine

In brief: No

Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile.
Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".

In brief: No

Krill oil and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile.
Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish /krill oil" or "here comes the fish/krill oil salesman".
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