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flax seed oil and pregnancy?

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i am conflicted about taking flax seed oil? i remember hearing negative things about taking it during preg. but can't remember what they are. i do take a seemingly clean fish oil capsule in addition to my prenatal vitamin but i feel ambivalent about this as well. anyone have any suggestions in the fatty acids dept.? (i don't like walnuts, by the way...)
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I have never heard anything about flax oil being unsafe during pregnancy. I don't take flax oil, but I sprinkle flax meal in my smoothies and cereal.
I also take about 2000 mg of a mixed oil (capsules) daily (borage oil, pumpkin seed oil, evening primrose, etc). I occassionally take in some hemp oil, and add hemp seeds to salads and stirfries. I am going to start adding in a DHA supplement probably this week~ since DHA is so beneficial for the developing babies brain and nervous system.
Other good sources of oils are avocados, sunflower seeds, hemp & flax, omega-rich brown eggs, pecans, almonds, macadamia nuts, wild caught salmon, shellfish, cold pressed olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower & safflower oil.
Oh, that's such a good question. I mean the bottle does say to consult your HCP if you're pregnant or nursing. Most seem to agree it's very beneficial.

Here is a link from the Homebirth boards' discussion on FSO. Tons of links & good info.
I'd say that if you feel unsure or uncomfortable about flax, then use hemp oil instead. Hemp is far superior to flax anyways~ a complete protien, full of great nutrients, amino acids, and beneficial oils. I actually like the taste of hemp much more than flax, it is a bit more of a nutty flavor. The seeds are wonderful too. They look somewhat like sesame seeds and can be added to cereal, salads, stir-fries, and even into baked goods.
Bebeluna -- you've got good info! I didn't know that about hemp. Cool! Thank you!
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