When you're pregnant, it is vital for both you and your growing baby that you get all the nutrients that you need. Not only do you have to consider what you can't eat during pregnancy but there are certain superfoods that you can add to your diet that might help you along your way.
Your foetus’s brain starts forming just three weeks after conception and the food you eat plays a vital role in its development. A baby’s brain undergoes rapid changes between weeks 24 and 42 of pregnancy, with significant brain growth occurring from 34 weeks.
A wide range of nutrients are needed for this development, so it is best if you eat a varied and healthy diet. However, some foods really stand out as nutritional superstars – and you’ll find them readily in local shops and supermarkets.
Our expert, Victoria Wells, specialises in pregnancy nutrition at The Fertility Rooms Clinic and she gives us guidance on what nutritious superfoods we can eat while pregnant to boost our growing baby’s grey matter. It helps that these healthy eating ideas taste great too!
1) Sardines - Super-nutrient: DHA
Sardines, like other oily fish, are a rich source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is important for helping the brain and central nervous system mature. Sardines are also less likely to be contaminated with mercury than other fish. They are good for vitamin D.
What you need: Pregnant women are advised to consume at least two portions of fish per week, one of which should be oily. Pan-fry or grill fresh sardines and serve with a zesty tomato, pepper and cucumber salsa.