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Vegan vitamin A for pregnancy, some ideas?

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So my bf and I are TTC #2 and I am currently taking an algal supplement for omegas. When I was pregnant with my first my midwife warned me against taking fish oil as a supplement because it is so high in vitamin A. I was eating fish at the time so I was not worried about getting enough omegas and just did not supplement. I am nervous about continuing to supplement with algae because I really do not know if it also contains very high amounts of vitamin A. However I also want to make sure that I am getting enough omegas to help my next little one grow a healthy brain. Can anyone point me in the direction of some quality information about this topic? (I know about flax, walnuts, chia etc so I don’t need advice on incorporating those into my diet). Honestly omegas and essential fatty acids are one of the most difficult concepts for me to wrap my head around since there is so much conflicting evidence on how much we need and in what ratios (nutrition facts does not seem to help me with this one).

Jazmine James (anonymous)

Everything I’ve read says that the omega 3 comes from the algae, fish eat the algae that’s how they have it, so when you go straight for the algae you’re cutting out the middle man and it’s the ethical thing to do.

Katie (anonymous)

So I actually ran into a friend of a friend who is a vegan midwife yesterday and we had lunch, but I totally forgot to ask about this!!!!I texted my midwife (a close friend) last night about it.

Timea Lowex (anonymous)

I’m going to try Antarctic Krill oil, it contains omega 3 without the high levels of vit a.

Cathrine Lambert (anonymous)

Animal vitamin a is called retinol. Vitamin a in the form of betacarotine is fine.

Asil Q. (anonymous)

Flax oil is enough to replace the fish oils.

Chin Lee (anonymous)

Fish oil is from fish liver I think, which is why its high in Vitamin A, because liver is high in vitamin A, natural Omega 3 from algae (where the fish generally get the omega 3 from) is not high in vitamin A.

Ann Stone (anonymous)

I personally stopped using Spirulina because I feel more safe not taking extra Vitamin A.

Rowen Carl (anonymous)

Basically says plant based vitamin A is safe, vitamin A derived from animal products can be toxic in high doses.

Rita (anonymous)

My doctor approved of my vegan prenatal but said the only thing missing was omega 3/DHA-EPA so I got this. I don’t see vitamin A listed but it does show beta carotene.