How to Boost Your Baby's Immune System Before Birth

healthy babyIf you haven't experienced the joys of Baby's First Cold, here's a preview: When baby has a cold, ain't nobody happy. A stuffy nose means a sleepless night, mark my words ... and even though it is kind of cute/funny the first time you use one of those little bulb aspirators to suction the snot out of your baby's nose (the look he'll get on his face! Priceless!), the novelty wears off pretty dang quick. Oh, and Baby's Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Colds are no fun, either.

But wait, there's good news! Turns out you can do something right now, while you're still pregnant, that might help to cut down on the amount and severity of colds during your baby's first year. And it takes virtually no effort ...

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According to the results of a recent study, women who take DHA supplements regularly during pregnancy have babies who get sick less often. An omega-3 fatty acid found in fish, DHA is relatively inexpensive and easy to find. In fact, read the label on your prenatal vitamins, as some include DHA (though likely not enough -- experts say you can take up to 400 mg daily for your baby to really reap the benefits).

Apparently omega-3 fatty acids improve cellular function in a variety of ways, so it stands to reason that they'd help build a better immune system.

I believe it: This study goes a long way in explaining the mystery of my #1 Pregnancy Craving (with both babies!): Tuna melts. Tuna is an excellent source of omega-3s. Unfortunately, tuna is also an excellent source of mercury, which is why I didn't succumb to my tuna melt obsession with abandon, but now I know why I so desperately lusted after that greasy deli creation.

At least DHA supplements are mercury-free!

Do you take an omega-3 fatty acid supplement?


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