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Phosphatidylserine and Pregnancy

At this time, no clinical studies have been conducted on phosphatidylserine and pregnancy. Although phosphatidylserine is a naturally occurring molecule in the human body, it cannot be assumed that taking it as a supplement is safe. Until more information is available about phosphatidylserine and pregnancy, pregnant women are advised to avoid using the dietary supplement.

An Overview of Phosphatidylserine and Pregnancy

Phosphatidylserine is a naturally occurring molecule that is important for healthy brain function. It is produced by the human body and is found in a variety of foods. It is also used in some dietary supplements. Very little information is available about the use of phosphatidylserine supplements during pregnancy. Although phosphatidylserine is a "natural" substance, there is not enough information available to recommend phosphatidylserine supplementation for pregnant women.

Is Phosphatidylserine Safe for Pregnant Women?

There is not enough information to know if phosphatidylserine supplements are safe for use during pregnancy. It would seem logical that phosphatidylserine supplements would be completely safe for anyone (including pregnant women), since phosphatidylserine is a molecule found naturally in the human body. However, it simply cannot be assumed that it is safe to take a supplement medicinally just because it occurs naturally in the human body. As an example, potassium is a normal and essential electrolyte found in the human body. However, potassium supplementation (if it leads to abnormally high potassium levels) can lead to disastrous and life-threatening consequences. Until more information is available, it is probably wise to wait until after pregnancy to try phosphatidylserine supplements.
It is important to note that phosphatidylserine supplements have not been scientifically shown to be beneficial for pregnant women (for any purpose).
If you are pregnant, do not take phosphatidylserine (or any other prescription drug, non-prescription medication, or supplement) without your healthcare provider's approval. Just because something is "natural" or available without a prescription does not mean it is safe, especially for use during pregnancy.
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