(Closed) Fish Oil vitamin?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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 # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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…

http://www.advocare.com/products/well/W2002.aspx

 

Post # 8
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11167 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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 # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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! Innocent

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