Which Prenatal Vitamins Have DHA

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1. Why Is DHA Important?

We all know how important it is to find a good prenatal vitamin. Prenatal vitamins are not just important when you are pregnant, but when you are trying to conceive as well.

Taking a good quality prenatal vitamin every day while you are trying to conceive can really help to set a good foundation and help prepare your body for pregnancy. One of the most important things that a prenatal vitamin can include is DHA. Many prenatal supplements include the omega-3 fat docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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DHA is necessary during pregnancy for brain development and vision. Many fish are excellent DHA sources, but to lower the risk of mercury toxicity, consult your doctor or a dietician about the types of fish that are lowest in mercury content. Experts recommend 200 mg of DHA daily for pregnant and breastfeeding women, but most adult women average 70 mg or less daily. That’s why it is so important to make sure that your prenatal vitamin contains enough DHA.

2. How To Find A Prenatal With DHA

You have to pay close attention to be able to find a prenatal vitamin that contains DHA. Don’t just assume that the one you choose will have it. Most prenatal vitamins that contain DHA will proudly proclaim it on the label, since DHA is a very big deal.

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Most prenatal that do contain DHA will have a label that says “Prenatal PLUS DHA” or something similar. However, you should still be sure to check the label. There is no “rule” about how much DHA a prenatal vitamin has to contain, so every one might be different.

3. Prenatal With DHA Examples

It is pretty easy to find a prenatal vitamin with DHA if you know what you are looking for. For example, the brand Nature Made has the Nature Made Prenatal plus DHA Liquid SoftGel which is a multivitamin prenatal vitamin and DHA supplement in one.

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It requires only one dose a day and provides women with 200mg of DHA in every softgel. The One A Day brand also has Prenatal with DHA option. However, with this brand, the prenatal vitamin and the DHA supplement are two different pills that must be taken separately. GNC has their own prenatal vitamin with DHA.

It is called GNC Women’s Prenatal Formula with DHA and it contains 500 mg of DHA in each pill. As you can see, the amount of DHA varies greatly from brand to brand, so you really do have to pay attention to know what exactly you are getting. When you are looking for a prenatal vitamin with DHA, make sure that you do your research.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.