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Pregnant, bought some DHA supplements derived from algae. Is it safe during pregnancy ?

I am pregnant & just bought some DHA (360mg)/EPA (180mg) supplements derived from algae instead of fish/krill. The package says to consult a physician before use, but my new health insurance won t kick in for another couple of weeks. Can anyone tell me if these supplements are safe? Any risks? I am also on prenatal vitamins, but I don t think they contain Omega-3, etc.
Asked On : Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Hello, Thanks for the query,

DHA in pregnancy is needed.
During the 3rd trimester your baby's brain growth is at its peak. This is when these supplements have their effect.

Some studies have shown that there is correlation in preterm birth, precclampsia as well as hypertension in pregnancy with the Omega-3 PUFAs.
Women with a history of preterm labor had a 50% reduction in preterm labor rates with omega-3 PUFAs.

Dosage of DHA is 300mg/day.

Hope this helps,
Dr Nilofer
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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