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Prenatal Products

By Jill Turner, Vice President of Operations for Cooper Concepts, the company that marketsCooper Complete Nutritional Supplements.

We received the following question via email:

“Hello – My active wife, for our first time, became my active pregnant wife. I did not see prenatal products on your site and wondered (a) if you had such a product, and (b) if not, could you recommend a few companies’ products that are very good (and why, if you have time). Thanks so much for all you do and for looking into this specific request. All the best, Paul N.”

Our Answer
Congratulations on the upcoming arrival!

There are tons of prenatal products on the market. We’ve had many expectant moms report that their gynecologists have approved use of Basic One With Iron or the original Cooper Complete With Iron formulations for prenatal use. However, the rule here is to talk with your particular doctor and get their feedback as everyone is different, and all doctors tend to have their preferred products (over the shelf or prescription).

As far as omega-3 fatty acids go, please make sure your wife is getting plenty of omega-3’s overall, but in particular DHA. While EPA is great for heart health, DHA is an awesome powerhouse for helping in cell development.

Ocean Nutrition, the company who supplies us with the raw materials for our omega-3 product, says the following:

Pregnant and Nursing Women
Research indicates that omega-3 EPA and DHA play an essential role before, during, and after pregnancy. As the sole source of nutrients for her developing baby, a mother needs to consume ample amounts of omega-3 EPA/DHA, which are integral to the healthy development of the fetus’s vital organs, such as the brain and eyes. Additionally, omega-3 EPA and DHA support a healthy pregnancy and labor. Even after childbirth, a mom still needs to watch her omega-3 EPA and DHA intake, as her child will continue to absorb nutrients from her breast milk.

Research indicates that consuming foods rich in omega-3 EPA/DHA may help to:

  • Prevent early labor
  • Reduce the risk of gestational diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of preeclampsia (a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy)
  • Reduce the risk of post-partum depression
  • Provide the mother with enough EPA and DHA to meet her infant’s needs through breastfeeding
  • Ensure adequate levels of omega-3 EPA and DHA to support another healthy pregnancy

Fetuses and Infants
DHA is essential to the development of the nervous system — which includes the brain, spinal cord, and network of nerves — and the eyes, particularly the retina. Because the formation of these organs is complete by the age of three or four, it’s critical that the growing child get plenty of DHA during fetal development and throughout the early years of life.

Research indicates that omega-3 EPA and DHA plays many roles in supporting the health of the fetus and infant, including helping:

  • Develop a fully functional nervous system, including a healthy brain
  • Develop healthy eyes and visual acuity
  • Reduce the risk of allergies in at-risk infants
  • Increase birth size and weight
  • Reduce the risk of cerebral palsy
  • Increase IQ and ability to solve problems
  • Support visual acuity
  • Promote good coordination and motor skills
  • Contribute to good behavior

Visit our website for more information, or email jsturner@cooperwellness.com or call 972.560.3262 with your questions regarding supplements.

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