How much DHA do pregnant moms need?

How much DHA do pregnant moms need?

Moms with previous preterm babies may need extra DHA during their pregnancies

Susan E. Carlson, PhD

Dr. Susan Carlson is the AJ Rice Professor of Nutrition and associate dean for research in the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

To make sure you get enough DHA, you need to eat fish and eggs if you can and you may need to take a supplement to benefit your baby. You may even need more if you've had previous preterm babies. Dr. Susan Carlson, who was instrumental in the establishment of the guidelines for the intake of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) for infants and pregnant women. She recently spoke about DHA's role in a baby's life for the webinar series: Nutrition in the First 1,000 Days, which extends from the time of conception until a toddler turns two. In a series of videos for Nutrition4Kids, she answers parents' questions about DHA. Others discuss why DHA is so important, the best sources for DHA, DHA in breastmilk and for infants and toddlers.

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