Is fish oil safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Kate Myerson
Nutrition & Dietetics
You should be careful when selecting a fish oil during pregnancy and while nursing and choose a supplement that is especially designed for pregnancy for the reasons indicated in the last answer. More specific that fish oil is an omega 3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) While fish oils can be a good source of the omega 3 fatty acid, DHA some supplements could contain high levels of vitamin A which could be harmful to the baby. The recommended about of DHA is 250mg and during pregnancy we may need 100-200mg more. 

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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