The brain is the most important organ of our body and it is responsible for regulating most of the essential functions and coordination of the body. Everything we choose to eat impacts our brain in some way or the other. So it is necessary to choose food wisely and eat healthy. This becomes even more vital when you are accountable for your baby’s growth during pregnancy. This is the time when whatever the mother-to-be eats directly impacts the health of the developing baby inside the womb. The most common concern about the baby-to-be is her cognitive development during these nine months.
Certain foods that boost the brain growth during this most beautiful phase called pregnancy are:
Many people start avoiding fish, considering the fact that it contains mercury which can harm the baby. However, this is a mistake as fish contains the most important nutrient called DHA, which a component of omega-3 fatty acid which is the building blocks of the brain. And also some varieties of fishes like salmon have very less amount of mercury so they are safe.
There have been researches and nutrition news which indicate that a nutrient called ‘choline’ which is found in eggs, also plays a vital role in the development of the brain and increases the memory function at the time of pregnancy. It is also suggested that eating eggs also improves the memory of the baby. It is also a very convenient way to satisfy your hunger or even start your day.
Another popular food which is responsible for enhancements in the function of brain, are Walnuts. Since walnuts are rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids as well as antioxidants, it has been proved scientifically that they improve memory and cognitive skills. They also have a nutrient called melatonin, which helps in getting rid of the restlessness during nights at the time of pregnancy. Therefore the benefits of this most preferred dry fruit are vital to the growth and development of the baby as well as the pregnant mom-to-be.
Coconut oil is also a very good source brain power, specifically for the expecting mother as it has a higher percentage of medium-chain triglycerides. These are fatty acids which are easily digested and absorbed by the body and are considered an easy source of energy and nourishment for the body. These are unique dietary fats, even one tablespoon of which provides almost 4-5 hours of energy to the tired pregnant mommy.
During pregnancy, women need extra iron because it carries oxygen to the brain of both mother and the baby. It is also believed that babies who do not get sufficient iron before birth suffer a poor brain function. So, it is very important to include iron and vitamin in the diet. Lean red meats are a good source of iron during pregnancy.
Whole grains carbohydrates are also essential during the months of pregnancy as they are great energy boosters. Being rich in iron, vitamin B6 and folate they enrich the mental functioning among both the baby as well as the pregnant mother. This is the easiest to consume if you start your day with one bowl of cereals, wholegrain bread or snack-time whole grains. This is often considered to be the most nutritious way to stay healthy and fit.
Healthy diet is the simplest way to keep yourself and your unborn baby healthy. This not only boosts brain development of both the baby in the womb and the mother-to-be but also enhance overall growth.
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