Doctors recommend 300 mg of DHA daily. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an important nutrient during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
DHA is needed during your pregnancy and breast-feeding period for the development of your baby’s nervous system, brain and eyes. It might help as well to prevent premature labor.
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found mostly in fish and fish oil. Your body cannot make these fatty acids so you have to get them from your diet. Best food-based sources of DHA include oily fish like salmon, trout and sardines.
If you are a vegetarian or if you don’t want to consume fish or fish oil, you may increase your diet of another omega-3 fatty acid called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). This fatty acid is felt to be partially converted to DHA in your body and so will satisfy your body’s DHA need indirectly. Vegetarians looking for ALA containing foods should increase their consumption of green leafy vegetables, nuts, and vegetable oils such as canola, soy, and flaxseed.
If you like chewable or chocolate based prenatal vitamins, an easy way to get your DHA is with the Bellybar DHA soft chews or the Bellybar Prenatal + DHA chocolate vitamins. They both use an all-natural, vegetarian source of DHA. We also recommend TheraNatal Plus and TheraNatal Complete prenatal vitamins which each contain 300 mg of DHA.
There are some studies that show DHA helps lessen postpartum blues.