(Closed) TTC and DHA supplement?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2820 posts
Sugar bee

I think it’s one of those things that can’t hurt, it’s supposed to be really healthy. I’m not sure that there’s any proven link on better outcomes of the baby there’s nothing to suggest it is harmful.  Just read labels and make sure they use a purified version since some of the fish it’s isolated from could have mercury or other heavy metals.  I told my doctor I was taking a supplement and she told me to stop because I was ingesting heavy metals, which scared me off for awhile.  Then I actually read the label and realized the ones I’m taking are very purified and there are numerous potential health benefit to fish oil so I started taking them again.

Post # 4
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My prenatal has it in there, so my doctor said that was fine because it was the right amount.  So, it would probably depend on the prenatal you select, then I’m sure your doctor can take a look and tell you if it will work.

Congrats on TTC, I’m super excited for you! 

Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee

Good question for your doctor.  I found some great info. on DHA while TTC in a book by Dr. Michael Lu called Get Ready to Get Pregnant.  If you do decide to work in DHA supplements, I’d recommend sticking to plant-based DHA pills.  I may be more sensitive than others, but for me the fish oil, DHA fortified eggs, and DHA pregnancy snack bars all had a horrible fish after taste.  Most of the prenatals my doctor gave me samples of had DHA in them…was just a matter of choosing how much and DHA source (fish oil, purified fish oil, micro-algae plant-based). 

Post # 6
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@Erindesmar: did you end up taking a DHA? I take a great prenatal (started as soon as i went off the pill) – and I was also wondering about taking this. i have heard great things. I got a sample with one of my prenatals – but the fish aftertaste is kinda brutal. maybe i’ll try a flavored one – or plant based.

Post # 7
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’ve been taking a DHA along with my pre natal for months.  I figured out if I take them right before bed I don’t have the fish aftertaste.  Also, don’t drink any warm liquid with them, it took me like a week to figure that out.  I would drink a cup of hot tea and burp fish.  gross.  My OB suggested I use one a day prenatals that have the DHA supplement. 

good luck ttc!


Post # 8
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Erindesmar: My gummy pre-natals have it in there. I can still taste a bit of the fishy aftertaste, nowhere near as bad as burping it all of time.

Post # 9
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i don’t think that there is an agreed upon amount that drs recommend. i’m a big fan of dr oz though, and in his book, ‘You Having a Baby’, in the prepregnancy plan, he says to “Increase you intake of DHA with supplements or fatty fish to at least 200 to 300 mg daily…”

Post # 10
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Re: fishy aftertaste…

I forget where I read this trick – might have been on these boards actually – but if you keep the DHA capsules in the fridge, it really cuts down on the fishy aftertaste/burps. 

Now that I keep them in the fridge, I only get a hint of fishyness every once in a while, but nothing like it was when I kept them at room temp!

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