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Should I take any supplements during pregnancy?

Q: Recently, I read that during pregnancy mothers should take Omega 3 Fatty acids (DHA and EPA) as it contributes to the growth of the brain. Are there any such medicines available in the market for DHA & EPA in India? Does the popular Seven Seas Seacod fish oil capsules available in India a good source?

A:It will be in your own interest not to rely on commercial information from manufacturers of medicines for use during pregnancy. Unless there is proven, documented deficiency of any essential substance, overdose can lead to problems. You need only folic acid and perhaps iron during pregnancy such as Globac Softules - one daily, till labour. Folic acid is absolutely essential to prevent malformation in the baby.

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