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Pregnant women these days are given recommendations for supplements that are intended to benefit the baby. DHA – short for docosahexaenoic acid – is an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil and other natural sources. This supplement is recommended to boost among other things the development of the baby’s brain. The health of the baby is front and center on the minds of most pregnant women. After the healthy baby is born, some women look at their bodies and are discouraged because of loss of volume to their breast and excess skin including stretch marks on their abdomen. Dr. O’Toole helps women understand that much of the damage done to their body by pregnancy is unavoidable. The good news is, most women can have their prepregnancy body restored. Dr. O’Toole will typically recommend an abdominoplasty combined with a breast augmentation and in some cases a breast lift. In healthy patients these procedures can be combined and performed together. Most patients are thrilled after surgery because their body is usually more fit and proportioned than it was prior to pregnancy. Returning to a body a woman can be proud of is important ; although healthy babies are the focus for pregnant women. According to The Los Angeles Times The March of Dimes recommends that women take at least 200 milligrams of DHA every day during pregnancy and while they are nursing to “help support mental, visual and motor skill development,” according to the organization’s website.


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