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The Right DHA For Pregnancy

All about levels of DHA intake recommended before, throughout and after pregnancy.

DHA algae oil can be considered safer than fish and fish oil for pregnant and nursing mothers for purity and better for direct delivery of the right DHA levels for pregnant women.

The US is considered one of the lowest in terms of DHA in breast milk suggesting the mother needs DHA supplementation before, during and after pregnancy.  A minimum of 300 mg DHA daily has been recommended and more is better (see Chief Scientist Dr. Doughman, PhD recommendations below).*

The DHA intake from an average diet during pregnancy is only 80 mg DHA per day, based on a paper in the Journal of Nutrition, 2005 (Denomme et al. 135: 206-211).

A minimum 300 mg DHA daily is suggested, based on a 1999 NIH body of experts recommending needed levels to support fetal brain development and visual acuity benefits.

Most notably, the last trimester is the most critical period for DHA during pregnancy for the baby's brain growth in the womb.  Fish consumption is not enough, partly because DHA is only a minor part of fish and fish oils [1]. 

DHA is most abundant in DHA-rich algae oil, the source of fish oil DHA in the food chain.  Golden algae oil is doctor recommended and pure.  Ask your doctor about Pure One for pregnancy.

[1]Habitual fish consumption does not prevent a decrease in LCPUFA status in pregnant women (the Seychelles Child Development Nutrition Study).  Bonham MP, Duffy EM, Wallace JM, Robson PJ, Myers GJ, Davidson PW, Clarkson TW, Shamlaye CF, Strain JJ.  Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2008 Jun;78(6):343-50. Epub 2008 Jun 26.



*Dr Doughman's Recommendations:  

[PURE ONE offers 300 mg DHA + 10 mg EPA per capsule]

  • Prenatal & 1st trimester: 300 to 600 mg/day DHA [2 PURE ONE CAPSULES]
  • 2nd trimester: 600 to 900 mg/day DHA [2-3 PURE ONE CAPSULES]
  • 3rd trimester: 900-1200 mg/day DHA [3-4 PURE ONE CAPSULES]
  • POSTPARTUM: 600-1200 mg/day DHA [2-4 PURE ONE CAPSULES]

Dr Doughman, PhD always recommends 2x to 3x the minimum recommended.  Minimums are the basis and greater benefits are associated with higher levels.*  Always consult with your doctor before starting any supplement program. 

Dr. Doughman's recommendations are not intended to replace the professional advice of your own doctor or OB/GYN.

*Information and statements regarding this supplement have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.