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foods to eat during pregnancy for brain development

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    shenbagam.k is offline Newbie
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    foods to eat during pregnancy for brain development

    what are all the foods to eat during pregnancy for brain development of baby?

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    Re: foods to eat during pregnancy for brain development

    Hi shenbagam congrats on your pregnancy.

    try using foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and DHA.

    Here are some foods that are rich in the omega 3 and DHA.
    Walnuts & Oil
    Flax & Oil
    Wild Alaskan Salmon
    All oily fish (be cautions of contamination)
    Chia Seeds
    Marine algae

    apart from the pregnancy period, you can also help baby's brain development during feeding,

    Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachi-donic acid (AA) are key fatty acids for growth of the brain. Human milk contains 30 times more DHA than cow’s milk. According to WHO, infants should get 20 mg DHA/kg every day. Human milk is rich in choline, taurine and zinc which are required for brain growth. Human milk contains almost double the quantity of lactose compared with milk of other mammals. Lactose is credited to facilitate the synthesis of cerebrosides and myelination of central nervous system (CNS). Breast fed babies have at least 8 points higher intelligence quotient in later life as compared to formula fed babies.

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    Re: foods to eat during pregnancy for brain development

    Fortified Cereals

    Fortified cereals provide many of the micronutrients essential for proper fetal brain development. The folic acid and choline in fortified cereals help prevent spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Iron in fortified cereals can also improve fetal brain health -- iron deficiencies during pregnancy are a leading cause of preventable mental retardation. Choose a fortified cereal low in sugar and high in fiber to ensure that both you and your baby are the healthiest you can be.


    Fish contain the omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, which is necessary for optimal brain development. Babies born to mothers with a deficiency of DHA develop visual and behavioral defects; mothers with high omega-3 intake during pregnancy tend to have children who do better on tests measuring verbal, social and communication skills during early childhood. One to two servings of fish per week is ideal because this amount provides enough DHA for brain development without exposing the mother and baby to high levels of mercury or other toxins that can sometimes be found in fish.

    Sea Vegetables

    Sea vegetables, such as the seaweed nori, are an excellent source of iodine. Iodine assists in brain and spinal cord development and prevents mental retardation. Sea vegetables also contain folic acid, choline and omega-3 fats, so it boosts brain development in a few different ways. Avoid the brown sea vegetable hijiki, however, because it can contain high levels of arsenic.

    Nuts and Seeds

    Nuts and seeds contain healthy omega-3 fats as well as plenty of brain-boosting micronutrients, such as vitamin B6. This vitamin assists in normal brain functioning by acting as a chemical messenger between brain cells. Simply add a handful of nuts or seeds to your meal plan each day. Walnuts are particularly beneficial because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids in addition to having plenty of micronutrients.

    source: Good Food for Brain Development While Pregnant | Healthy Eating | SF Gate

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    Re: foods to eat during pregnancy for brain development

    The American Pregnancy Association claims that omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, is essential to ensure optimal fetal brain development.
    iodine is also important for brain development & seafood's are best source of iodine and omega 3 fatty acid. so taking its before and during pregnancy can keep your baby brain development optimal.

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