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05-11-2006 04:13 PM
AmieV From what I was told by the nutrition expert at the health food store where I used to work, fish oil is the best if you're not a vegetarian. I take Nordic Naturals because they use 3rd party testing for mercury and such. They are lemon flavored and I have never burped up anything remotely fishy, just lemon on occasion. A bottle has 60 capsules and you take 2 a day so they're only around for a month so I've never had any issues with it going rancid. Even at that I stopped taking it for awhile and then picked it back up months later while I wasn't pg and it wasn't rancid.

As far as EPO, I do think there is some prostaglandin component to it because they recommend taking it in late pg to ripen the cervix, but I don't know about it causing contractions. I'd have to look into that further. I only took it at the end of my pregnancy last time because I ran out of fish oil and had some around, but it was late enough that I wasn't concerned about going into labor.
05-11-2006 11:24 AM
earthgirl First, check on the EPO. I've heard that it can cause uterine contractions so you may want to check into that first. I have no idea if that is true or not. Secondly, I'm a big believer that nutrients from food are best in their natural form. I don't always follow that, but I do beleive that. I'm vegetarian so any fish thing is out for me. If you do start taking fish oil caplets just look into first. They have a reputation for going rancid quickly. Also, many people report fishy burping after taking them. I would imagine this would be less of a problem if they were not spoiled, but I don't know. Personally, I make do on ground flax seed. I sprinkle about 1 tablespoon on my cereal every morning, sometimes I add some to my yogurt. My midwife says this is sufficient so I guess I believe her. Also, flax seed helps with constipation so that's an added bonus. It can go bad quickly though, so you have to keep it in the fridge. HTH.
05-11-2006 05:01 AM
05-10-2006 11:45 PM
mama2ashlynn I know that the EFA found in fish/flax/epo are great for the developing fetus. I just wonder if anyone knows what kind is best? I havent had much time to do research on this subject so I was hoping that someone out there has.
Thanks in advance.

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