Fish Oil During Pregnancy

fish_oil_pillsDHA (fish oil) in pregnancy reduces prematurity and promotes brain development

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has just published a study supporting what is now considered best practice for nutritional supplements during pregnancy.  Taking fish oil (600 mg) improved brain development and reduced prematurity!

Read the Study Here:

 JAMA (Feb 2013) published a landmark study of 85,000 newborns in Norway who clearly had less autism if their mom’s took folate while pregnant. Not mentioned in that study was the fact that the autism rate for that large study was between 1 in 500 and 1 in 1000 in Norway. Compare that with 1 in 100 here in the USA.  The reason for this huge difference in autism rates is most likely the fact that in Norway they do not give the Hepatitis B vaccine, with it’s 250 micrograms of aluminum, to newborns and infants.

Summary of what to take while pregnant:

  • Fish oil: 600 – 1000 mg
  • Vitamin D: 2000-5000 IU (if you live far from the equator or get very little sun exposure, take the 5000 IU a day.
  • Prenatal vitamin with iodine.
  • Probiotics. I prefer Natogen from Seroyal – studied in this indication and shown to be both safe and to reduce auto-immune disorders.

Eat organic! This reduces GMO foods and pesticide exposure. Don’t drink, smoke, or take drugs, and check with your doctor if you are taking any medications to see if they are safe for the unborn child. Do NOT take any aspartame (11% methanol by weight) which turns to formaldehyde in your babies brain and body. Aspartame is highest in diet drinks, but also found in many chewing gums, and low-fat foods. 

 Dr. Paul


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