Disclosure: This post sponsor – life’sDHA® – educated me on the importance of nutrients – including DHA omega-3 – for all stages of life. This is a sponsored post for which I’ve received compensation, but the opinions are 100% my own.
I started taking prenatal vitamins as soon as I got married. I was always told how important it was to get key nutrients in your body well before pregnancy so that your body is better prepared to welcome pregnancy when the time comes. I took prenatal vitamins the entire time I was trying to conceive my daughter, while I was pregnant, and have continued since.
Last fall, a good 8 years into taking prenatal vitamins, I did some major research and decided for myself that it was time for a switch to a vegetarian-sourced vitamin. I should note that I don’t live a vegetarian lifestyle. I eat lean, hormone-free meat and fish daily! But as someone who struggles with non-genetic PCOS and infertility, I worry about how sensitive my body is to artificial agents that can potentially affect hormone levels. I strive to limit exposure to synthetic vitamins, supplements, and even body care products as much as possible. As such, I felt like if I am going to take a vitamin every day and expose myself to something regularly, I should choose one that is plant-based.
Throughout most of my pregnancy with my daughter, I also took a DHA omega-3 supplement to assist with her brain and eye development. After she was born, I naively stopped taking it thinking my relationship with DHA omega-3 was done. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered how important DHA omega-3 is for growth and development throughout all of life’s stages (maternal health, infant health, children and adult health). I thought it was just mainly for the 3rd trimester of pregnancy when significant brain growth occurs!
Research shows that DHA omega-3 supports brain and eye health throughout life, and it’s also great for your heart. As someone who has been trying to conceive a second child for 4.5 years, I should have been taking a DHA omega-3 supplement this entire time. Especially now that I know that DHA omega-3 plays a possible role in helping with maintaining normal triglyceride levels and blood pressure. I often struggle with high blood pressure associated with having PCOS (163/93 is not okay). The stress of trying to conceive under infertility doesn’t help with that blood pressure.
Since I take vegetarian-sourced prenatal vitamins, I started researching plant-based DHA omega-3 after hearing about life’sDHA®. I had no idea that plant-based DHA omega-3 was even an option, to be honest. When I realized how important DHA omega-3 is for maternal nutrition before, during and after pregnancy, I knew I had to get my hands on some. And then felt kind of guilty for not taking it the last 6 years since Zoey was born, especially the last 4.5 years we’ve been trying to conceive again.
life’sDHA® is a high-quality vegetarian source of DHA omega-3 sourced from algae! Yes, algae! I never would have thought that algae was such a great, natural source of DHA omega-3. When I heard about the algae, my first thought was “oh no, this stuff is probably going to smell (and taste) like swamp thing.” I ordered a bottle to try and I was pleasantly surprised! It doesn’t smell bad at all, and it’s so easy to swallow. Additionally, I only have to take 1 life’sDHA® tab each day to get 200mg of DHA omega-3
Between my vegetarian-sourced prenatal and now my DHA omega-3, I feel better prepared for pregnancy, whenever the time comes. I want to provide the best possible environment for a baby to form and grow – between eating healthy, exercising, and taking good quality prenatal vitamins and DHA omega-3, I feel so much better about welcoming new life in my womb.