Docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is an important fatty acid component included in some prenatal vitamins. DHA affects both the development of the baby before birth and the well-being of the mother during and after the pregnancy. In the baby, DHA helps develop the brain and vision during the pregnancy and continues to assist the child through the mother's breast milk if nursed. In the mother, sufficient levels of DHA after the birth can help reduce postpartum depression.
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