Preventing Low Birth Weight

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A new study confirms that DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil) increases birth weight and gestation duration (the total time that your baby's in your belly).

While that might sound like a few more weeks of torture for you, it's actually of crucial importance for your baby. Premature and low birth weight babies are more likely to develop serious health problems later in life, like high blood pressure, diabetes & heart disease.

That said, getting enough DHA safely can be a challenge. While food sources are always the most bio-available source of nutrients, fish poses a problem. Large fish like tuna can have dangerous levels of mercury, so it's not advisable to eat them during pregnancy.

Smaller fish, like salmon, are safer. The NRDC has wonderful resources to help you find & select safe seafood & sushi while you're pregnant.

If you don't care for seafood, or if you're concerned about mercury, a good backup option is to take a supplement. I recommend OmegaGenics DHA 600 gelcaps, as the study used 600mg of DHA to get its results. This supplement is only available through a healthcare practitioner - you can purchase it through me here.

Read more about the DHA study here.