DHA, an essential nutrient, boosts your baby's health
Fish oil and walnuts provide an essential fatty acid that can help boost your baby's brain and visual development.
There's nothing fishy about it: DHA (or docosahexaenoic acid), an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil, is an essential nutrient for women — especially during pregnancy. DHA helps build your baby's brain, nervous system, and eyes. "Omega-3s are a specific type of fat that our body needs but cannot make," says Melinda Johnson, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.
Adults need to get DHA from food, and a baby in utero needs to get these fats from its mother. Newborns get DHA from breast milk or from baby formula supplemented with DHA. It's so important that even if a mother doesn't consume much DHA, her body will use its own reservoir of DHA to provide it to her growing baby during gestation and then through breast milk after birth.
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While there are not yet official recommendations on the amount of DHA pregnant women need, a recent review of research published by the Journal of Perinatal Medicine concluded that pregnant and lactating women need 200 mg of DHA a day; Johnson suggests the same amount.
So where can pregnant women get that daily dose of DHA? "Food is best," says Johnson, "so if a woman can, she should start there. Salmon, canned light tuna, and products with added DHA such as eggs and milk are all good options, as are anchovies, herring, sardines, walnuts, and walnut oil. If you'd rather take a DHA supplement, go for one derived from algae rather than fish oil — it'll be gentler on your stomach. (Then you'll be getting your DHA just as the fish do; their source is marine algae.)
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Fish is a fantastic source of DHA, but pregnant and breastfeeding women need to exercise caution. You want to eat enough oily, fatty fish to reap the DHA benefits but not enough to add too much dangerous mercury to your diet (and your baby's). The Institute of Medicine and the Food and Drug Administration make the following recommendations.:
However, these recommended limitations on seafood consumption during pregnancy have been challenged by a study of over 8,000 pregnant women and their children in the UK. The study found that children of women who ate more than the recommended amount of seafood during pregnancy had higher scores for verbal intelligence, fine motor skills, communication, and social development. This led the investigators to conclude that in terms of early childhood development, the benefits of seafood consumption during pregnancy may outweigh the risks related to mercury. It has yet to be seen whether official recommendations about fish consumption during pregnancy will be modified.