• Now you can easily check the levels of Omega-3 DHA in your body at the pre-natal stage or soon after birth, from the comfort of your home.
  • You can avail the test during pregnancy (selfcollectable blood spot sample) or soon after baby’s birth (self-collectable Milk Spot Sample).
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About “Omega-3 DHA”

  • Omega-3 DHA is an essential Fatty Acid, or in simple words, a very important “nutrient” needed for an optimal development of your baby.

  • Substantial part of Central Nervous System and Brain Development happens during the second trimester of pregnancy and continues through the lactation period. Omega-3 DHA plays a crucial role in this.

  • A healthy diet or Omega-3 supplements may still not be enough. Sometimes even the most apparently healthy mothers may be deficient of Omega-3 DHA due to either low intake or Gastrointestinal Malabsorption.

  • In such cases, the baby may be receiving less-than-optimal supply of Omega-3 DHA.

The baby’s body does not produce Omega-3 DHA on its own. During pregnancy and till end of lactation period, the mother is the only source of Omega-3 DHA for the baby. The only way to know whether the intake of Omega-3 DHA by the baby is optimal is through a laboratory test

Omega-3 impact on Brain Development

Major brain growth occurs during the second trimester of pregnancy and continues through the first two years of life. So, this is the phase when the need for DHA is greatest for your baby. DHA has a direct impact on brain development. It is as important for baby’s brain as calcium is to the bones. Optimal brain development will depend on the level of DHA which is there in your body.

Omega-3 impact on Retina Development

The highest concentration of Omega-3 DHA in the human body is in the retina. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that infants whose mothers ensure good DHA levels from their fourth month of pregnancy until delivery were less likely to have below-average visual acuity at 2 months of age than infant girls whose mothers did not receive the omega-3 supplements.

Omega-3 impact on Cognitive Development

Omega-3 DHA is one of the primary fatty acids and is very important in the formation of the cellular membranes of nerve cells. If DHA is in short supply, the structural and functional integrity of the nerve cell is compromised. A number of studies demonstrate that newborns supplemented with DHA exhibit improved brain development, which allows them to process information more rapidly thereby resulting in a balanced Cognitive Development.

Other health benefits of Omega-3 DHA

  • Modulate some autoimmune diseases (such as lupus and some kidney disorders)
  • Maintain the health of heart
  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers (breast, colon, and prostate cancer)
  • Reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Alleviate mild hypertension
  • Moderate Crohn's disease (a chronic inflammation of the intestinal wall)
  • FirstMilk - Baby’s Omega-3 DHA uptake test


    Key Benefit

    Based on FirstMilk Test results, the mother can increase the levels of Omega-3 DHA during pregnancy or during lactation through diet and/or supplements and ensure that her baby receives appropriate supply of Omega-3 DHA


    FirstMilk - Baby’s Omega-3 DHA uptake test

    • The FirstMilk package include the Sample Collection kit, Sample return envelope and a results report (emailed / hard copy delivered) to you in 5 days from receipt of your sample in our laboratory.

    • The report will display the Omega-3 DHA level in you and hence what is being received by your developing baby.

    • The report shall also give useful information about how to improve the level if the same was not found to be in acceptable range.

    • Should you need to consult an expert to understand the road-ahead, you may book a call with us. A 15 minute consultation by an MD shall be provided for no extra cost to you.


    Simple....do-it-yourself Test



    FirstMilk - Sample Collection Video

    Please Note

    Breast milk is always known to be the best source of nutrient for the baby. There is no alternate source of nutrition that has better properties. The FirstMilk Test does not test or challenge the “Quality” of breast milk. The test is to help you ensure that you maintain a good level of Omega-3 DHA; so that “Even the best can be optimized”.

    FAQs

    What is a preferred time to measure my Omega-3 DHA?

    The earlier the better. Hence, the best time to go for the test is during pregnancy itself.

    However, in case you miss the test, you may get this test done anytime post birth as well.

    It takes just a few weeks to implement the steps for improving your Omega-3 DHA levels, if found deficient.

    What if the Omega-3 DHA levels are not found to be optimal ?

    You need not worry in case the report displays "less than optimal' levels of Omega-3 DHA in your blood or breast milk. This essential nutrient can be increased by the way of simple dietary alterations or supplementation.

    The Omegtest-Plus report shall guide you through the various steps towards improving your Omega-3 Levels. Should you need further consultation by a doctor, you may book a session with us for no extra cost.
    Do I have to go for multiple tests?

    If the first Omegtest points out that your Omega-3 DHA is within the good or acceptable range, there is no need to go for a repeat test. However, if the levels are lower than optimal, it is recommended to implement the recommendations mentioned in the report and go for a repeat test in few weeks time.

    The report shall recommend the time for the re-test.

    Does the report specifically mention the diets / supplements which can help improve the levels?

    Yes. There is a recommendation as well as a complete guide to the various options by which you can increase the levels of Omega-3 DHA.

    If my babay is born premature, will the Omega-3 DHA need be different than for full term baby ?

    Premature babies have a greater need for DHA after they are born, since they miss out on some time for DHA consumption from their mother in-utero.
    Are there enough scientific evidences that maintaining enough Omega-3 DHA is important for baby’s development ?

    There are hundreds of scientific studies and publications which categorically state the importance of maintaining the Omega-3 DHA supply to baby for its optimal mental and physical growth.

    Any precautions to be taken before test ?

    Yes, you must ensure that you have not had a heavy dose of Fish or Omega-3 Supplements in 24-hours preceding the sample collection.

    The level of Omega-3 DHA level in such a case will temporarily be found in higher zone and may therefore not present the true picture.

    How long does it take for the report to be given?

    It normally takes 5 working days to deliver your report

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