Monday, 14 July 2008

Why Essential Fats are so important for you and your baby during pregnancy

There are many reasons why you should eat oily fish during your pregnancy and / or supplement with omega-3 oils (and especially DHA) if you do not eat fish says, UrBod Nutritionist Melody Mackeown, who specialises in pre-conceptual care, fertility and pregnancy. Some of the key reasons are listed below:
¨ Omega-3 fats support the healthy development of the fetal brain, eyes, nervous system and immune system;
¨ Omega-3 fats substantially reduce the risk of allergies in young children;
¨ Omega-3 fats improve attention and focus in infants and young children; and
¨ Omega-3 fats taken during pregnancy can decrease a mother’s risk for post natal depression.

If you decide to supplement in the important months of pregnancy and breastfeeding, make sure that the fish oil supplement is the purest and healthiest source of the omega-3 fats, says, UrBod Nutritionist Melody Mackeown. Ideally, you should choose a supplement with 300mg DHA. If the supplement does not break down the different components, then the chances are it may not contain the recommended amount.

To find out more about Nutritional support during or before your pregnancy, contact UrBod Nutritionist Melody Mackeown Dip.ION (mBANT), specialist in pre-conceptual care, fertility and pregnancy care in the city of London, EC2. I have also written a free e-book on how you can improve your diet prior to and during your pregnancy, which can be obtained by clicking on my link: