Best Foods During Pregnancy For Intelligent Kid
Every pregnancy and baby is unique and while we understand that our bodies were made to produce babies naturally, we also have our own concerns as mothers. We crave pickles and ice-cream and we wonder about the effects this might be having on our unborn babies.
Are we doing enough for their development while they are in the tummy? Are we consuming the right food that could enhance baby’s brain development? We want to give our children a chance in the world and what we do while we are pregnant has as much of an impact as what we do once they are born.
To help mommy and her growing baby, we have come up with a list of foods that is not only good for baby’s health, but also boosts their brain development. So, while mommy is busy with shopping for baby equipment, it is important to remember that wholesome foods are the way to go if you want to nurture an intelligent little one.
B Vitamin - Folic Acid
The first thing we need to address is that prenatal supplements may make us feel nauseous. Taking a prenatal supplement with B Vitamin - Folic Acid, is very beneficial to your little one’s brain development. It helps with the formation of healthy brain cells, and it also reduces the chances of the baby developing Autism, by 40%.
You can also get your vitamin B from some of the food you eat, such as lentils and leafy-greens: cabbage, kale, spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens and Romaine lettuce; you may add broccoli and green beans as well.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Aside from lowering cholesterol, Omega-3 fatty acids also play a big role in the production of neurons in developing babies. What are neurons? They are the basic working unit of the brain, they transmit information through to other gland cells, muscles, and nerve cells.
You may get Omega-3 fatty acids from the following food: Wild Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna and Sardines, walnuts, ground flaxseed, as well as eggs. Further reason to include fish in your pregnancy diet; a study was conducted with over 12 000 women. Mothers who ate less than 2 servings of fish per week scored lower on tests of intelligence than those who were able to eat at least two servings in a week.
Foods with Choline
Choline is a macronutrient which is important for normal brain development and liver function. You can get it from food such as eggs, beef liver, legumes (garbanzo beans, lima beans), sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or almonds, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, as well as fresh milk and yogurt. They will help your baby with brain function and development of memory.
Foods with Iron
Food with iron helps with the production of red blood cells, which helps carry oxygen to your little one’s brain. Some foods which contain iron include meat, beans, spinach, and tofu.
Have very powerful antioxidants and minerals which help protect growing baby’s brain from damage. Avocado is one of the fruits that helps prevent blood clots in the brain and help with cognitive function. Blueberries help the brain cope with stress and help fight degeneration, because they contain vitamin C and K as well as Gallic acid.
Apples and plums contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which helps fight the decline in mental skills. The bonus is that fruits taste amazing! Whether you use them to juice or you eat them as they are, and because plums and apples are sweet they could help you with the cravings you may have for sweets or sweet food.
Choosing best food during pregnancy
Being an expectant mother isn’t always the easiest thing especially when you have to ingest food that doesn’t taste so good to you. Morning sickness can make it difficult to keep certain foods down, which is another reason why we need supplements.
These supplements help us because it is not always possible to eat all the nutrients we need to keep our baby healthy. Be cautious though mommy.
Always consult your doctor before getting new supplements or ask if he can recommend any that will help you. You may also like to know that ingesting some ginger may help with nausea and it doesn’t taste so bad.
A good way of getting the nutrients you need from food is to incorporate them into other foods you may like. For instance, if you like oatmeal or any other kind of cereal, you can use dried fruits and sprinkle these all over your cereal.
You can also puree some the veggies mentioned above and add them as sauces or add them to soups to make them tastier! Remember to be patient with yourself and to find what works for you and your little one. What you can’t eat in a veggie try to find in a fruit, although not everything can be substituted the same way.
I am Tom Hardy co-founder of Toys Advisors blog. I have a lovely family with my wife Sophie, my son Quentin and my daughter Sarah. I spent most of time with my family, I learn and share about parenting, DIY