Vitamins are important for your baby needs:Taking it will help ensure that you get the balance of nutrients your baby needs, like folic acid and vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, vitamin C to produce collagen, vitamin D for bone building, and zinc for brain development. If your vitamin upsets your stomach, don't just ditch it: Try taking it with a meal, or talk to your doctor about switching brands.
Doctors indicate that Omega-3 fatty acids are a vital nutritional contributor to enhanced pregnancy health. The fact is, recent scientific literature suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids play a key part in pregnancy health - and in the healthy development of your baby.
Omega-3 fatty acids are key to human growth and development, but are not naturally synthesized by the body. This means that Omega-3s must be obtained from foods, particularly from seafood sources, oils (e.g., flaxseed oil), or dietary supplements.Omega-3s are "long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids" and are broken down into two fatty acid categories: DHA and EPA.Research indicates that EPA is important in promoting the development of prenatal and infant cardiac and circulatory systems. DHA, however, seems to receive more attention and accolades from the scientific community with regard to pregnancy health.
DHA is key to the developing brain, accumulating in vast amounts during infant development and during the first years of your baby's life. DHA is a central component of the nervous system and promotes neurological development, particularly with regard to the eyes and to fundamental cognitive function.Studies suggest that a baby born to a mother with high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in her system will more likely have advanced cognitive faculties and an increased attention span. These effects have been measured up to age four, suggesting that there are long-term benefits of Omega-3 fatty acid consumption during pregnancy and nursing.
Of course, health benefits of Omega-3s are not restricted to fetal and early-childhood development. For mothers and mothers-to-be, higher dietary intake of Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to decrease the risk of pregnancy complications. Higher levels of Omega-3s may also decrease the chances of premature delivery (pre-tem labor).
Omega-3 fatty acids will be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy through the placenta. During pregnancy, however, if your diet does not contain sufficient Omega-3 fatty acids, your baby will begin to "draw" Omega-3s from your own internal stores in the brain. This can cause a long-term Omega-3 deficit (a deficit extending even to future pregnancies) if Omega-3s are not regularly consumed from external food and/or supplement sources.
Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acid:
Soy Milk,Yogurt,Bread,Cereal,Flour,Pasta,Oatmeal,Grains and Nuts,Green Leafy Vegetables,Brussels,Sprout,Mint,Spinach,Kale
In a way, Omega-3 fatty acids are like the new folic acid. It's common knowledge that trying-to-conceive and pregnant women should have a diet high in green, leafy vegetables or other sources of folic acid (including prenatal vitamins). With Omega-3s, its simply a matter of educating couples to the importance of this key nutrients when it comes time to having a baby. A diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids may become the new pregnancy-health watchword very soon.
- Offer critical nutrients for the neurological development of your baby.
- Promote the development of your baby's cardiac and respiratory systems.
- Support the development of your baby's brain and eyes (development of visual centers).
- Have been shown to increase the learning and cognitive function of your child, with effects measurable to age four.
- Increase the attention span of your child (a measurable component of intelligence early in life) .
- Support the pregnancy health of the mother.
- May help prevent pre-term labor and premature delivery.
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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)