Post # 1
I was told last week by my midwife that I should start taking a fish-oil supplement with DHA…..but I can’t seem to find too many, maybe 1 or 2, fish-oil vitamins that actually contain DHA. Is there such a thing and obviously it won’t be harmful if she told me I should take it right? Anyone have any suggestions or comments? I was told it helps the heart and Bridal Party too but I just wasn’t sure. Thanks,
Post # 3
I took the Target Brand Prenatal DHA supplement during my 1st trimester. My midwife said that they can’t hurt (but not proof positive that they help) so we decided I would take them through my first trimester (until the basic body parts were formed).
Post # 4
It won’t harm you or the baby; some doctors recommend a prenatal with DHA, some recommend a prenatal and a DHA supplement, but DHA is good for the baby’s brain development. I don’t think most fish oil pills will say on the label that they contain DHA, even if they do. This is because DHA is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, so most brands include it, even if they don’t specifically list it.
You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for a recommendation, but my husband takes fish oil capsules, and generally the cheaper ones leave a bad, fishy taste in his mouth. He buys his from a local whole foods store, and they seem to be ok, but I’ll have to ask him for the brand name.
ETA: Apparently he takes the Nordic Naturals brand of fish oil capsules. More expensive than others, but he says he never tastes the fish.
Post # 5
Try Genuine Health’s Omega’s. They have several different varieties, and they don’t give you any aftertaste, I take them every day, the Omega + Joy.
This one is supposed to be their best complete
Post # 6
apparently fish oil supplements are not all the same. You want one with more omega 3’s in them. Apparently most of them balance all of the omega’s making them cheaper and less effective. I take these and they are supposedly good…
Post # 7
I take Trader Joe’s Fish Oil pill. It has the recommended DHA and EPA amounts in them. They’re cheap, maybe a little fishy despite being odorless.
This is the one that I take: http://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Omega-3-90softgels-Odorless/dp/B004TVDMN8
Post # 8
As the PP mentioned not all fish oil supplements are the same so read your labels. Often the fish oil comes from sardines and anchovies off the coast of Chile and provide lesser amounts of the benefical EPA and DHA. I would recommend a salmon sourced omega-3 fish oil if possible.
If you dislike the fish oil flavor or burp up issues try looking for an enteric coated softgel. This allows the product to be further along your digestion without the gelatin dissolving and prevents those nasty flavors.
I work for a nutrition supplement manufacturing company and you wouldn’t believe the differences between products. Feel free to PM if you have any questions.
Post # 9
Thanks guys. I’ll definitely be looking more into this this weekend. I may even call the office and see what the recommend as well. I’ve been taking a prenatal vitamin since we found out we were expecting so this will be just an added “bonus”. With this being my 1st pregnancy I’ll take all the suggestions I can get. 🙂
Post # 10
I go the traditional route and take fermented cod liver oil. It is a SUPER super food, but you really have to be able to stomach it as it has a fishy AND fermented flavor/smell. I believe they make some that mask the flavor, but I’ve never tried them.
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Post # 12
Thanks for the suggestions. I’m going to some healthfood stores this weekend to see what I can find too. I may try and stick with the fish-oil if it helps with blood pressure…my sister’s spiked towards the end with all 4 of her pregnancies and had to be induced with all of them. I want to try and keep mine as under control as I can. Thanks again!
Post # 13
@seg31085: FYI I messaged the Genuine Health people, asking about safety with pregnancy, and they said they have no warning on it, but to check with your doctor.
Post # 14
My pregnancy supplement came with a fish oil capsule pack in it, and the flipping indigestion from it was eeeeeevil. So I switched it out for one of the coated softgel type things and I’ve had the occasional fishy burp (bleurgh) but otherwise fine. Little blighters better appreciate what I’m doing for them!