Oily Fish Is So Important During Pregnancy

Oily Fish Is So Important During Pregnancy

Oily Fish Is So Important During Pregnancy

Author: British Listing

New US research shows that the last three months of pregnancy are a key time for fish oil intake as there is a growth spurt in your baby's brain which carries on into the first few months of a baby's life.

The children of mothers who consumed cod liver oil daily after the 18th week of pregnancy and during early breastfeeding performed better in terms of IQ at the age of four. The FSA recommends eating one-two portions of oily fish a week.

Eat a rainbow

Different coloured fruits and vegetables contain different vitamins and minerals, so a good way to ensure you're getting all you need is to try to ‘eat a rainbow' every day. A stir-fry containing red and yellow peppers, bean sprouts and broccoli, followed by a fruit salad with blueberries, pineapple, apples and strawberries will give you a multicoloured, multivitamin megaboost.

Did you know?

Meats such as poultry, burgers, sausages, chicken nuggets and kebabs can have bacteria all the way through them, so it's vital to make sure they're cooked until they're piping hot.

It can be hard to keep track of what's safe and what's not with all the scare stories out there, so to coincide with National Pregnancy Week on September 4-10th, the Food Standards Agency has gathered together the latest information on pregnancy diet and nutrition at eatwell.gov.uk/pregnancy.

Push it

If you're worried about losing that jelly belly after your baby's born, check out London-based pushymothers.com and buggyfit.com, which has classes throughout the country. Specially designed for postnatal recovery, the programmes integrate pram pushing into a full-body workout to shift the post-baby bulge. They're also a great way to meet other local new mums. Meanwhile, check out aquanatal.co.uk for fun pregnancy exercise classes near you.

FIVE-MINUTE FOOD FIX

Spiced autumn fruit salad

Start your day with a healthy, seasonal fruit salad.

Apples and pears – are a good source of Vitamin C, which is important for supporting your immune system and helping the absorption of iron. Pears also provide fibre, to help keep you regular

Blackberries – berries are packed with antioxidants, which help protect you against illness

Cinnamon – As well as smelling and tasting delicious, cinnamon contains manganese, fibre, iron, and calcium.

Sultanas – provide natural sweetness, so you don't need any added sugar
Natural yoghurt, to serve – yoghurt is a great source of calcium, which helps your unborn baby's bones to develop.

If you haven't upped your intake of oily fish yet during pregnancy, it's not too late. Click here for our fish oil supplements.

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