Maternal nutrition before, during and after pregnancy plays an important role in fetal and infant development, as well as in maternal well-being. However, most women do not get enough DHA through food. The primary source of DHA is fatty fish, a dietary choice that is not a staple of the typical Western diet. Experts, such as Dr. Michael Roizen, advise pregnant and nursing women to limit their fish consumption due to the potentially high levels of ocean borne contaminants, but to get more DHA. Fortunately, there are algal DHA prenatal supplements and fortified foods, which make it easier for women to include this important nutrient in their diets every day.
If you’re pregnant or nursing, you may want to check your local retailer for prenatal products. Below are a few products that include algal DHA.