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

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.
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.
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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What is the meanings of epa and DHA in fish oil supplement? And will fish oil be good for memory and concentration too?

Omega 3s. Both epa and dha are long chained fatty acids mainly found in fish. They provide much needed omega 3 which is said to improve heart health along with many other health benefits. Omega three is believed to reduce inflammation in body and brain and is good for memory and thought to prevent dementia. Along with fish, omega 3 can be found in free-range eggs. Look for % of omega three on carton. Read more...

I am 17wks pregnant, considering taking daily omega3 fish oil supplements. Apart from DHA levels, what should I look out for when buying the fish oil?

Purified, Esterified. Most omega 3 supplements come from fish oil, but fish has traces of heavy metals like mercury & pcb's, dioixins etc.Choose a fish oil purified via pharmaceutical-grade molecular distillation & esterified to make digestible. Ideally it's assayed by 3rd parties. Reliable brands include nordic naturals, designs for health& minami. Some feel krill & calamari oil are better than fish oil. Read more...
Where it came from? . I do not mean location. Small cold water fish: krill; sardine; anchovies- they contain virtually no heavy metals. Avoid oil from larger fish! Read more...

Do fish oil pills or DHA pills have mercury? I'm 10 weeks pregnant & need to know if their ok or if I should find a non-fish source DHA pill.

Most do not. Most of the omega 3 pills are cleaned of mercury . You need to check between brands. The cheapest ones may not be. Read more...
Most prenatal vits. Have a form of dha which is safe to take during your pregnancy, good luck and piece of advice from someone who has done over 5000 deliveries, do not go past your due date new studies show the ideal time to deliver is 39-40 weeks, once u go past many bad things can happen andthe baby could have been out, remember mother nature does not always work the way that we want her to. Read more...

How much DHA is necessary daily? And in what age can babies start taking fish oil?

Not Really Known. Although there are numbers out t, the data showing true requirements is unkbown, to my knowledge. Dha is currently being added to infant formulas. Again, I am not aware of research on efficacy and safety in infants and toddlers.Thus consult your pediatrician. Read more...