Is Krill Oil Supplement Safe?

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I am in my 17th week of pregnancy and I have a couple of questions about the supplements I am taking.

I see a nutritionist who prescribed Krill Oil for me to take during the pregnancy. He said it would be very good for the brain development of the baby. Everything I have read about it sounds positive, I would just like to have a second opinion if you don't mind.

The Krill Oil is manufactured by Designs for Health, listed in it per serving are:

  1. Total Fat .95g  Saturated Fat .3g
  2. Cholesterol 15mg
  3. Sodium 5mg
  4. Vitamin A 100IU
  5. Choline (as phosphatidylcholine) 73mg
  6. Phospholipids 400mg
  7. Omega-3 fatty acids, total 300mg  docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 90mg  eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 150mg
  8. Omega-6 fatty acids, total 20mg
  9. Astaxanthin 1.5mg

I am also taking Precare prenatal vitamin which doesn't have any Vitamin A, but I am concerned about the Vitamin A in the Krill Oil, do you think this is a problem?

My nutritionist also recommended me to take an acidopholus supplement, I took it for 2 days & forgot to refrigerate it. Do you think this is dangerous for the baby? I have stopped taking it after I read on the side "if pregnant consult physician before taking". I'm worried after reading that statement that it could have done something to the baby.

Thank you in advance,
Jennifer

ANSWER

Hello Jennifer,
You should always consult with your OB/GYN or other pregnancy healthcare provider before taking any supplement during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Since I do not have knowledge of your present or past medical history it would be difficult for me to give my opinion on any specific supplement you are taking.

I can tell you that pregnant women should NOT get more than 10,000 IU of vitamin A daily and the supplement you listed only had 100 IU. Again, if you have any question about taking this supplement or the acidopholus supplement than you should speak with your physician first!

-- Kimberly, RD LD

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.