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Prenate DHA is a prenatal vitamin that contains omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA (which may help improve brain and eye development, as well as decreasing the risk of preterm birth). The prenatal vitamin comes in the form of a softgel capsule that is taken once a day. Possible side effects may include constipation, nausea, and diarrhea.
What Is Prenate DHA?Prenate DHA® is a prescription prenatal vitamin. In addition to the usual vitamins and minerals found in most prenatal vitamins, this supplement contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a nutrient that is important for eye and brain development (and may also provide other health benefits).
(Click Prenate DHA Uses for more information on what Prenate DHA is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
How Does Prenate DHA Work?
Prenate DHA contains a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. These nutrients are important for a healthy pregnancy, and many pregnant women may not get enough of these nutrients, for various reasons.
Probably most importantly, Prenate DHA contains two forms of folate, which is important to prevent certain birth defects, such as spina bifida. Specifically, Prenate DHA contains 400 mcg of folic acid, which is converted in the body into folate and 1.1 mg of Quatrefolic®. Quatrefolic is the active form of folate. Quatrefolic 1.1 mg is about equal to 600 mcg of folic acid.
Prenate DHA products also contain iron, calcium, and docosahexaenoic acid (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), improve brain function, and improve vision.
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.