DHA in Pregnancy: Fetal and Newborn Health

DHA: Omega 3 fatty acids for you and your baby

A recent article in Time magazine called  Fish Oil During Pregnancy Fights Colds Among Newborns highlights the benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil and its affects on the health of a developing fetus’ immune system and how that translates to a healthier newborn up to 6 months old.
According to the research study, at Emory University and in Mexico, which was featured in the article and released in Pediatrics, pregnant women who took 400mg a day of DHA , helped their newborns to fight off more cold symptoms than moms who took the  placebo and the effects seem to last for six months. After the initial 6 months post-birth, the DHA-protected infants began to experience roughly the same rate of symptoms (though they were for a shorter duration) as those babies whose mothers did not take DHA.
This, of course, is NOT news to those of us in the holistic community. We always encourage our moms-to-be to take DHA along with a good prenatal vitamin during pregnancy. We find that pairing these supplements, along with acupuncture can greatly benefit both baby and  mom, including in helping to prevent postpartum issues.

DHA: Flowering a healthy immune system and vibrant brain for your baby

Other Proven Benefits of DHA Supplementation:

  • More advanced attention spans into the child’s second year of life
  • Greater infant brain development
  • Higher IQs at four years of age than children of mothers not supplementing DHA
  • Decreased potential risk  for depression and particularly, postpartum depression in mothers
  • Longer average gestation periods, allowing for greater development of baby

Besides being great during pregnancy, Omega 3 oils containing DHA found in food sources like cold water fish, flaxseed, spirulina and walnuts can help protect your heart, lower blood pressure and reduce rates of clinical depression.

Total Pain Solution: Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Gyrotonics

Often, when people are have pain or musculoskeletal issues, we’ll give them acupuncture or bodywork, then refer them to our onsite chiropractors and recommend gyrotonics for strength training, stretching and balancing.

We love this powerful healing combination because those who follow through on our recommendations see dramatic results.  Though you’re no doubt familiar with the terms chiropractic and acupuncture and what they are, you may need a little help when it comes to Gyrotronics.

The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® uses personal one on one training and specially designed equipment to create an integrated approach to developing and understanding your body’s ideal combination of strength and flexibility. The equipment is made up of a weight and pulley system, which aids in decompression of joint space and allows for a full range of motion and freedom of movement.

The equipment allows your body to move  with little resistance and has a decompression mechanism that mimics the sensation of moving through water. It’s  a great way to stimulate the body and nervous system as well as to rehabilitate from injury and prevent inevitable wear and tear in your active life.

When paired with a total solution like bodywork and chiropractic as well as dietary changes, herbal anti-inflammatories,  pain tonics, hydrotherapy and/or adrenal support, our patients find that, not only are their pain issues greatly reduced or eliminated, but their overall health, well-being and strength improve significantly as well.

If you’re suffering from chronic pain or are just looking to get on a path to total wellness, visit us at Bloom in The Seed Center and give Gyrotonics a try.