Pregnancy and Birth
DHA has been defined as an essential element in the development of most of the major systems of the embryo – the brain, the visual system and the nervous system. Taking DHA during pregnancy and breastfeeding allows its normal supply to the fetus and infant. DHA is the only fatty acid of the omega-3 category that has been proved as crucial to the development of the brain of the fetus; therefore it is important to consume a high amount of DHA to allow proper construction of the central nervous system, while the brain is in the process of development and growth.
The DHA demand of the fetus increases during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, at the expanse of the mother’s EPA. It is important to note that the fetus can get DHA only from the mother. DHA is the most common element in the brain; about 30-45 mg. of DHA per day are accumulated in the baby’s brain during the last trimester of pregnancy.
It is very difficult to obtain the required amount of DHA from nutrition, therefore it is recommended to take a supplement that contains only pure and concentrated DHA.
AXOM3 capsules contain DHA that is produced through a natural enzymatic process, similar to the process that occurs in the mother’s body and therefore identical to the human DHA and ideal for the fetus.
A continuous consumption of AXOM3 allows proper development of the brain, nervous system and visual system of the fetus.
Numerous surveys suggest that an increased supply of DHA to the fetus during pregnancy and after birth is crucial in the following areas:
Improvement in visual acuity development
Improvement in cognition (perception) and attention
Better sleep patterns
Improvement of spontaneous movement
Positive effect on cognitive abilities in old age
Children of mothers, who consumed DHA during pregnancy, enjoy developmental benefits in the following areas:
Motor skills, coordination skills, eye-hand contact and social skills. Moreover, children of mothers, who consumed more DHA during pregnancy, have better mental development and higher IQ scores in early childhood and later ages. In addition, a connection was found between high levels of DHA at birth and risk reduction of attention deficit disorder. A study conducted in 2011 shows that children with behavioral disorders, whose mothers consumed DHA during pregnancy and lactation, had better neurological measures in comparison to their age mates, whose mothers consumed other omega-3 fatty acids or folic acid.
Starting from the second trimester of pregnancy, the fetus begins to consume DHA in a more intensive manner. Therefore, there may be shortages within the pregnant mother. Postpartum depression is a common phenomenon among 10% -20% of women and it affects the mother, the baby and the rest of the family. Efficacy studies examined the extent to which DHA supplement influences the levels of depression during pregnancy or lactation. The studies showed that DHA supplement in a dose between 1-2 grams per day had a significant antidepressant effect after the birth.
After the birth the mother still needs a constant supply of DHA in order to renew the pool in her body and to continue to deliver the DHA through breastfeeding. The mother’s DHA intake leads to increased concentrations of DHA in breast milk that are delivered directly to the baby.
The DHA found in AXOM3 assists in the development of babies, who are not breastfed. Moreover, it is used as a substitute for DHA found in breast milk.