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Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may benefit from taking Nestabs DHA, a prescription prenatal vitamin. As a combination product, it comes as a tablet (which contains minerals and vitamins) and a softgel capsule (which contains omega-3 fatty acids). The tablet and capsule can be taken at the same time or at separate times during the day. Possible side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.
What Is Nestabs DHA?Nestabs® DHA is a prescription prenatal vitamin. It is a combination product that contains the following components:
- A tablet that contains vitamins and minerals specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women
- A softgel capsule that contains the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
The manufacturer of Nestabs DHA also makes Nestabs®. This prenatal vitamin contains the same ingredients as Nestabs DHA, but without the omega-3 fatty acid gelcap.
How Does Nestabs DHA Work?Nestabs DHA contains a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. These nutrients are important for a healthy pregnancy, and many pregnant women may not get enough of these nutrients, for various reasons.
Probably most importantly, Nestabs DHA contains folic acid, which is important to prevent birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube defects), such as spina bifida. Nestabs DHA also contains iron, calcium, choline, B vitamins, and a variety of other vitamins and minerals.
In addition, like many newer prenatal vitamins, Nestabs DHA contains the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). There is some evidence that omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, may decrease the risk of preterm birth (having a baby prematurely) and improve fetal brain function and vision.
Fish are the main source of DHA, and the typical American diet is usually deficient in DHA. Also, because many pregnant women are instructed to limit their intake of certain fish due to the potential risks of mercury toxicity, it is likely that many pregnant women are not getting enough DHA through dietary means.