is a supplement for pregnant and breastfeeding women that is available without a prescription. The supplement contains docosahexaenoic acid
(DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid
that is important for brain and eye development. Expecta Lipil should be used in addition to (not in place of) a prenatal vitamin
, as it does not contain folic acid
, iron, or the usual vitamins and minerals found in prenatal vitamins.
Expecta Lipil is made by Mead Johnson & Company.
How Does It Work?
Expecta Lipil contains DHA, an omega-3
fatty acid. DHA provides a wide variety of health benefits. There is some evidence that it may decrease the risk of preterm birth (having a baby prematurely) and support brain and eye development.
Fish are the main source of DHA, and the typical American diet is usually deficient in DHA. Additionally, because many pregnant women are instructed to limit their intake of certain fish (due to the potential risks of mercury toxicity), it is likely that many pregnant women are not getting enough DHA.