Eat at least seven portions of fruit and veg a day.
Eating a healthy, varied diet in pregnancy will help you to get most of the vitamins and minerals you need. If you’re eating at least seven portions of fruit and veg a day, including dark green leafy vegetables, you’re probably getting enough Vitamin C, calcium and iron. It’s a good idea to supplement with a premium probiotic
Folic acid and vitamin D are a must. We just don’t get enough sunshine in the UK to top up our vitamin D. It’s not just good for bones and teeth; it’s needed for a healthy mind, immune and reproductive system too. And the scientific evidence on the benefits of supplementing with
But that’s not the only supplement with impressive scientific backing. Omega 3 DHA is probably one of the most researched yet overlooked essential nutrients for maternity. Nowadays, our diets just aren’t up to scratch. And our levels of Omega 3 have paid the price. It’s an essential fat that makes up our cell membranes, brains and eyes. It keeps us feeling happy, our hearts strong and our nervous systems sharp. It has remarkable anti-inflammatory benefits too. In short, our bodies need Omega 3 to stay healthy and to function properly. Unlike other fats such as Omega 7 and 9, we can’t produce it ourselves. We have to eat it. Small oily fish like sardines, mackerel and anchovies are your best sources.
But, this can be a problem for pregnant women. Assuming you’re not too sensitive to the taste and smell of oily fish during your pregnancy, eating the recommended two portions per week still might not be enough. Our demand for Omega 3 during pregnancy increases. That’s why it’s important to supplement with pure Omega 3 fish oil. It’s needed for the development of our babies’ brains, eyes and nervous systems. Let’s not forget mum. Supplementing with fish oil helps to preserve the DHA in our brains and protects us from postnatal depression and gestational diabetes. We really don’t have to suffer.
We weren’t surprised that one recent study found that most pregnant women are not getting enough Omega 3, despite their critical importance. It also showed that supplementing with Omega 3 supports them. The results were that 73% of
"The shocking result of this study is that Omega 3 deficiency was recorded across educated, pregnant and breastfeeding women in Europe with high incomes. So it’s a problem across all
groups. It tells us that there is a lot more to be done on the education of pregnant women about the importance of supplementing with Omega 3, while eating a healthy balanced diet. It’s one of the reasons we started our online magazine. We want to share well socio-economic and lifestyle advice, recipes and tips so that researched nutritional -to-be can make the most of their experience into motherhood. Risks of postnatal depression, preterm births and infant neurological disorders can be avoided. It helps to take pure and effective fish oil.” Kay Ali, Head of Nutrition at Bare Biology. mums
The results of this study are not a one off. The benefits have been proven by thousands of other medical trials. They chart positive effects of Omega 3 for depression, pre-term births, allergies and children’s learning and
* Always seek advice from your medical practitioner before introducing any supplement into your diet. It’s important to make sure that what you take is compatible with any other medication or existing medical conditions.
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