Eating fish, taking an omega-3 supplement, or a little bit of both can get you to 5%. You can eat two servings of low-mercury, high-DHA fish per week, like salmon, anchovies, herring and mackerel. If you can’t stomach those kinds of fish, an omega-3 or DHA prenatal supplement or a general fish oil supplement can raise your blood level. Make sure the supplement has at least 200 mg of DHA per serving, but it’s good to aim for getting both EPA and DHA if possible. Many people end up taking a supplement and adding a little fish to their diet as tolerated.
For you, DHA is important because studies have shown that women with higher DHA blood levels are less likely to have early preterm birth. For your baby, DHA is important for brain, eye and immune system development.
Early preterm birth happens before 34 weeks gestation.
DHA can significantly reduce the risk of early preterm birth by 42%.
In the United States, an uncomplicated birth costs $4300, while a premature birth costs on average up to $50K or more.
Research shows that women who have low blood DHA levels are at 10-fold increased risk of early preterm birth.
A scientific article showed that pregnant women should strive for a DHA level of 5% or above to reduce their preterm birth risk.
Optimize Your Prenatal DHA Level in 3 Easy Steps
Calculate Your Prenatal DHA Requirements
This recommendation is meant to be a guide for how much DHA you may need in your diet to reach your Prenatal DHA target, based on unpublished research. Up to 3,000 mg per day of EPA and DHA is considered safe and is set as the upper limit in the calculator. We recommend you test at the end of your first trimester and beginning of your third trimester of pregnancy to see if your diet changes are working for you. Please consult your healthcare provider before making any major changes to your diet. Learn more...
Only enter the DHA you are getting through supplements, which you can find on the Nutrient Facts Panel on the back of your supplement. Don't try to guess how much you are getting through food and sunlight.
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