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Hi, Anyone else doing cod liver oil while pregnant? What's your secret to getting it down? Gross, I know. But, I heard the stuff is wicked good for pregnant moms and the little buds inside. I'm trying to take it in addition to my pre-natal vitamins.

So far, I measure out a teaspoon full and dump it in my mouth and then immediatly swig a bunch of juice and swirl it all around before I swallow. Anyone know of a better method to avoid that horrible taste?
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I've been taking my kids strawberry flavored DHA chews. The thought of CLO right now is enough to make me gag.

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i have trouble taking it even when i'm not pregnant. i have cinnamon flavored clo and i can handle the taste going down, it's the aftertaste that kills me. i am going to try to force it for as long as i can though.

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i use an oj chaser during the first trimester, usually. sometimes i actually mix the clo in with oj, and it goes down better that way. almost doesn't taste like clo...almost...

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I take the Nordic Naturals lemon soft gels. Not cod liver oil I know. I think it is sourced from sardines and anchovies actually. I would not be able to get CLO down to save my life at the moment.

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I use flavored oil, peach right now, and put it in smoothies or yogurt. It tastes like a bad peach schnapps on it's own, but in a smoothie, can't tell it's there. And that way the whole family gets some too.

But you're right, I too have heard it's great stuff for pregnant mom's and babies. decreasing risk of post partum depression, brain food...Norwegians are known for their fidelity...okay, well that's subjective, but still, convinces me.
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Jumping in from another DDC. Please be careful on the dosage of cod liver oil. It is extremely high in both vitamin A and vitamin D, neither of which your body is capable of discarding when you take too much. Overdosing on Vitamin A can be result in malformations in unborn child (especially in first trimester). I would not take them if you are already taking prenatal vitamins.

Why not just plain old fish oil instead?

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I take it (a cod liver/butter oil combo) when I can choke it down (lately that isn't often). It's worth looking into the differences between natural forms of vitamin A & D and synthetic forms. It's easy to overdose on synthetic forms but natural forms can be tolerated in higher doses.

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Oh man... I'm TRYING... but it's so hard! I just can't tolerate it right now. Someone told me to put it on top of OJ and just drink it really quick. Yeek. It just makes me want to throw up thinking about it.
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Hello! I'm new here

I was just out buying cod liver oil today... there was a package called "high potency" cod liver oil and was labeled "warning: do not use while pregnant". Why do you think that would that be? Anyways, I got the regular cod liver oil in capsules, as it had no such warning

I am just starting to take it... tomorrow. I have been taking wild salmon or fish oil, but just read that in Northern climates, one should use cod liver oil since it has the vitamin D that is more easily assimilated.

I figured capsules would be pretty easy to get down. Is there a reason why those of you who are having problems with it aren't using capsules?
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I use the Blue Ice CLO/Butter Oil combo. I have the cinnamon flavored and if I squirt it in the back of my mouth and chase it with milk, it isn't too bad. I could get the capsules but they are spendy and it's hard to justify when I have a bottle and a half of the liquid sitting in the fridge.

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that's the kind i have too! i'll have to try a milk chaser, although the thought of milk/fish together is enough to make me puke just thinking of it.

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I would get them in capsule form, or buy some capsules and a dropper and make your own. Would have to take more than one to get the full tsp, but alot easier than swigging in your mouth!!!
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Geez - I didn't know they had capsules. But, I spent $ for this bottle so I don't want it to go to waste.

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Jumping in from another DDC. Please be careful on the dosage of cod liver oil. It is extremely high in both vitamin A and vitamin D, neither of which your body is capable of discarding when you take too much. Overdosing on Vitamin A can be result in malformations in unborn child (especially in first trimester). I would not take them if you are already taking prenatal vitamins.

Why not just plain old fish oil instead?
I did check into if it is okay to take the clo with prenatals and was told it is okay...I only take a teaspoon of it and not every day since I can't make myself choke it down everyday.

I didn't think of taking plain fish oil - I was told clo is the best so went with that.... It's so hard to make informed decisions when there is so much conflicting info!! kwim? Right now I am not outside as much so don't get much sun so that should make the vitamin d okay.
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The capsules are not absorbed as easily as the oil. The brand I use is Nordic Naturals and I get the peach flavor. Then I mix it up in a smoothie with frozen fruit and vanilla soymilk. Then you can't even taste it!

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crashing from another DDC... the only way I can take it is to chase it with a sip of soda I don't know why, but something about the bubbles cuts the oiliness and I can handle it.

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I didn't think of taking plain fish oil - I was told clo is the best so went with that.... It's so hard to make informed decisions when there is so much conflicting info!! kwim? Right now I am not outside as much so don't get much sun so that should make the vitamin d okay.
Both Cod Liver Oil and plain fish oil (salmon is best for lack of contaminants) contain plenty of DHA and EPA, which is what you are looking for during pregnancy. Cod liver oil also contains large amounts of vitamin A and D, in addition.

Personally, I would just go with fish oil if you are already taking prenatals that contain vitamin A and/or D. It is not worth the risk. I would be especially worried of vitamin A overdose and it can cause serious deformations (remember thalydimide? That was a vitamin A derivative!).

For vitamin D, do your prenatals not contain the vitamin D RDA for pregnant women?

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Premier Research Labs has some of the highest quality CLO ("Quantum CLO") that you can get in capsules, if you are at all able to stand the fishy thing. I can't even stand the hint of fishiness though (just talking about it is making me gag, lol), so I am taking the strawberry Nordic Naturals fish oil (the adult version, in capsules).

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I've been taking a lemon flavored fish oil prior to conception. I've never had morning sickness & that's holding true so far this pregnancy as well, so that's not complicating things. I just swig it and then drink some water or take another bite of breakfast.

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I ordered the Blue Ice/Green Pastured FERMENTED CLO before I got my BFP. It should be in soon!

Wish me luck!
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Okay now I am scared! Vitamin A toxicity? Scary!

So my Nordic Naturals which I just opened contains 13-30% of the DV of Vitamin A, up to 1500 IU. I searched Pub Med for report of CLO caused birth defects, nada. New Chapter Perfect Prenatal contains 2000 IU. Then any from food.

So maybe I could just take a DHA/EPA in the first trimester? Is it better to undershoot the RDA? Because honestly, with just the New Chapter and food, I probably will just have to rely on the New Chapter. I am into veggies, just a lazy cook.

The fermented CLO is High Vitamin though, so . . . I guess it gets some fridge time. If anyone has a case report where they took CLO in the first trimester and baby was fine, please share!
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Here are some resources on vitamin A:
http://www.westonaprice.org/basicnut...dliveroil.html (near the bottom of the page)
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/ANSWERS/ANS00689.html
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/vitamina.asp

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Not in your DDC, but I take the caps (non-gelatin) from Blue Ice. Even they taste bad, so I have to take them with a flavored beverage, before dinner. Otherwise the burps are nasty.

ETA: naturally sourced Vit A and D has a completely different approach than synthetic vitamins, when it comes to dosing. The same restrictions to synthetic do not apply to natural vitamins.

The two Blue ice tabs of CLO is only 500 IU of D and 10,000 IU of A.

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