DHA — What is it and why do pregnant mommies need it ?
So, everyone has been hearing that DHA OMega 3 is good for you and your pregnancy … but do you know why ? I honestly did not know why, so I did a little researching on the subject , on found some pretty interesting facts.
DHA is already found in our bodies ,but is most prominent in places like our eyes, brain, and heart. It’s basically a “good fat” that our uses and loves.
“DHA is important throughout pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester when major brain growth occurs. Increasing DHA intake during pregnancy and nursing significantly enhances the level of DHA available to the foetus and infant. Certain studies (some, but not all) have shown that supplementation of DHA in the mother’s diet improves infant developmental outcomes, such as:
- eye-hand coordination
- motor skills
- attention span
DHA has also been shown to play a part in maternal well-being. Studies show that supplementation of DHA in the mother’s diet can increase the length of pregnancy by six days helping mothers carry to a healthy or full term.” ( DHABaby.com)
- WHY TAKE DHA? DHA accumulates in the brain and eye of developing babies and is considered key to ensuring the proper development of both*. Doctors recommend that you take both a DHA supplement, and a prenatal vitamin which contains a high level of Folic Acid. AVASIA Prenatal DHA and AVASIA Complete Multivitamins are designed to complement each other and will provide most healthy women with all the vitamins and minerals they require, before, during and after pregnancy.
- WHEN SHOULD I TAKE DHA? In 1999 National Institute for Health experts recommended a minimum intake of DHA omega-3 fatty acid of 300mg/day during pregnancy. The average American woman consumes 80mg/day and it takes 21 days to build up in the system to the required dosage*. Start taking the supplement when you are trying to become pregnant, to ensure you have adequate levels when needed. The most critical period for the baby in the womb to have the greatest supply of DHA is during the final trimester.
- WHY DOES YOUR PRENATAL DHA ALSO CONTAIN EPA? All fish contain both omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), so in its natural form, DHA does not occur on its own. We believe it’s best to stick as close as possible to what nature intended. Also, some studies have suggested that EPA can reduce the risk of post natal depression. It is recommended that a normal healthy adult should have at least 650mg of omega 3 per day. In AVASIA Prenatal DHA you get 820mg without the risk of toxicity, so it’s good for baby, and it’s good for mom. In fact, it’s so good for you, that you can go on taking it, even after you baby is born, and after you’ve finished breastfeeding.
In my opinion, by taking Avasia Prenatal DHA (or any brand), you are not only helping yourself but your precious baby as well. One of the best things about DHA is that you can continue taking after birth and during breastfeeding. It helps add to the goodness that breastmilk already gives. You can also take DHA just for yourself as a supplement for yourself,if you choose. Interested in getting DHA for yourself or someone you love? Go visit AMAZON to get a great deal . As a special introductory offer, buy two bottles of AVASIA Prenatal DHA and get a third for free. Enter the code DHA3FOR2 at Amazon checkout.