Pregnancy Nutrition - Essential fatty acids
EFAs are especially important in the last 3 months of pregnancy. Almost three quarters of your baby’s brain development takes place in the last three months of pregnancy. Two portions of oily fish a week would be good but don’t eat more as there are concerns about pollutants.
Your baby’s brain starts developing even before you know you are pregnant so it’s important to make sure that you are eating the right ‘brain’ foods to boost your baby’s potential. EFAs is essential pregnancy nutrition foods and also important for your baby’s brain and visual development.
There are two types of fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-3. Most people already eat plenty of omega-6 from vegetable oils and spreads but omega-3 tends to be in short supply.
Good Sources Of Omega-3:
For those mums who do not like eating fish, there is a variety of egg called Columbus Eggs which are a useful alternative. Columbus hens are fed a vegetarian diet that includes seeds naturally rich in omega 3s which make their way to the yolk. They are available in the supermarket and can be used in exactly the same way as standard eggs.
Pregnant women are being warned to limit the amount of tuna they eat. The Foods Standards Agency has issued the advice because of concern about high levels of mercury found in tuna. Mercury can damage a developing baby’s nervous system when consumed in high quantities. Pregnant women should eat no more than four medium-sized cans or one fresh tuna steak per week.