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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 15:03 PM   21
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I got totally freaked out by this thread as I've been taking prenatal DHA since TTC. We discussed the product I was taking, it's ingredients, the Canadian standards, what to look for to indicate whether or not the product is questionable during pregnancy and when all was said and done I got the go ahead to continue taking mine. Whew, crisis averted.



 
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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 15:25 PM   22
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Crypto, I greatly appreciate you drawing attention to the issue, but I do have some issues with what you posted. I found the full article (available here) from which you've quoted and it isn't quite that clear cut.

The concern is that by taking a an omega-3 supplement, you may lower the balance of omega-6 in your system - this is what can potentially cause developmental problems. Omega-6 is available in a plethora of common foods and it would be unusual for someone in developed countries to have an inadequate intake.

Also, if omega-3 supplements can help women with a history of preterm labour, why on earth would it hinder those without? It doesn't make sense.

Regarding the reference to pre-eclampsia and hypertension, I can't tell whether the article is suggesting omega-3 prevents or contributes to this, it's not very clear. Perhaps the author has made a typo somewhere in that statement?

Again, I do appreciate your concerns, but I would prefer to read clinical evidence rather than rely on one article quoting "observational studies".
I agree with this, and would like some clinical evidence that confirms the benefits. Are you aware of one that could be posted here so we can get a considered view?

As I said in the earlier post the jury is out for me so anything that improves understanding would be great.



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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 16:10 PM   23
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I got totally freaked out by this thread as I've been taking prenatal DHA since TTC. We discussed the product I was taking, it's ingredients, the Canadian standards, what to look for to indicate whether or not the product is questionable during pregnancy and when all was said and done I got the go ahead to continue taking mine. Whew, crisis averted.
I am sorry, didn't wanted to freak you out lol So if you checked then you should be fine!



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Old Dec 10th, 2009, 16:59 PM   24
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OK, I've spent about half an hour on google looking for some clinical studies in favour of DHA. I found a couple that were still ongoing and as such did not have results available and a few that showed me the abstract but not the conclusion without a paid subscription.

Instead, I've found several useful articles that cite proper clinical research. I hope this eases anyone's fears, but if not I will have a more thorough look for direct links to completed studies when I have more time tomorrow.

Pregnancy info at the DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute:
http://dhaomega3.org/index.php?categ...itle=Pregnancy

The Importance of DHA During Pregnancy & Nursing
http://www.martek.com/Healthcare-Pro...al-Health.aspx

Can DHA during pregnancy reduce problems for kids?
http://www.nutraingredients.com/Rese...blems-for-kids

Differentiating the Therapeutic uses of EPA and DHA in clinical practice.
http://www.pointinstitute.org/resour...DHA+Oct+08.pdf
Link goes to a PDF file. This is a general article on DHA, but page 6 covers benefits during pregnancy. It also refers to the imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 as being the link to premature birth and/or pre-eclampsia.

Fish Oils and Pregnancy and Infants
http://www.oilofpisces.com/pregnancy.html
Excellent page citing individual conclusions of many DHA studies covering pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood. Benefits of maternal supplementation are about a third of the way down the page, but the whole article is fascinating - make a cup of tea before you sit down and read this one. Also references the omega-3 and omega-6 ratio as the link to low birthweight babies.

Happy reading.



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2009, 22:06 PM   25
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I have just started my own research into this thorny subject - thanks for the great start ladies!



 
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OK, I've spent about half an hour on google looking for some clinical studies in favour of DHA. I found a couple that were still ongoing and as such did not have results available and a few that showed me the abstract but not the conclusion without a paid subscription.

Instead, I've found several useful articles that cite proper clinical research. I hope this eases anyone's fears, but if not I will have a more thorough look for direct links to completed studies when I have more time tomorrow.

Pregnancy info at the DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute:
http://dhaomega3.org/index.php?categ...itle=Pregnancy

The Importance of DHA During Pregnancy & Nursing
http://www.martek.com/Healthcare-Pro...al-Health.aspx

Can DHA during pregnancy reduce problems for kids?
http://www.nutraingredients.com/Rese...blems-for-kids

Differentiating the Therapeutic uses of EPA and DHA in clinical practice.
http://www.pointinstitute.org/resour...DHA+Oct+08.pdf
Link goes to a PDF file. This is a general article on DHA, but page 6 covers benefits during pregnancy. It also refers to the imbalance of omega-6 to omega-3 as being the link to premature birth and/or pre-eclampsia.

Fish Oils and Pregnancy and Infants
http://www.oilofpisces.com/pregnancy.html
Excellent page citing individual conclusions of many DHA studies covering pregnancy, breastfeeding and early childhood. Benefits of maternal supplementation are about a third of the way down the page, but the whole article is fascinating - make a cup of tea before you sit down and read this one. Also references the omega-3 and omega-6 ratio as the link to low birthweight babies.

Happy reading.
Thank you I will read thru, so I guess DHA is good to take? I have some DHA pills a CVS brand that came with prenatals when TTC and wondering if I should take em or not..I have an appointment with Dr next wk and will make sure to ask!



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Old Dec 15th, 2009, 13:17 PM   27
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My midwife advised me to take Pregnacare Plus for first three months, as it includes the necessary DHA.
Had a mini panic when reading this, but now feel ok, as she said it was ok to take!
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My doctor started me on DHA immediately. She said it helped with brain and nervous system development.



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Thank you I will read thru, so I guess DHA is good to take? I have some DHA pills a CVS brand that came with prenatals when TTC and wondering if I should take em or not..I have an appointment with Dr next wk and will make sure to ask!
You're welcome. I have not been able to find a single study which has found DHA to be bad for mum or baby so as much as I am able to say, not being a clinical professional, it is safe. I'm continuing to take my 300mg every day and will happily do so all the way through my pregnancy.

Do feel free to discuss it with your doctor still if you're in any way uncertain.



 
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Thank you I will read thru, so I guess DHA is good to take? I have some DHA pills a CVS brand that came with prenatals when TTC and wondering if I should take em or not..I have an appointment with Dr next wk and will make sure to ask!
You're welcome. I have not been able to find a single study which has found DHA to be bad for mum or baby so as much as I am able to say, not being a clinical professional, it is safe. I'm continuing to take my 300mg every day and will happily do so all the way through my pregnancy.

Do feel free to discuss it with your doctor still if you're in any way uncertain.



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