Forget high-priced vitamins and supplements. One of the best dietary additions during pregnancy is likely already in your fridge – or at least readily available at your neighborhood supermarket.
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for both the development of a healthy baby and the health of a pregnant mother, according to the American Pregnancy Society. However, the only way to properly receive these nutrients is through diet, as the body does not produce omega-3s on its own. That’s where salmon comes in.
Research has shown that omega-3s found in salmon are essential for neurological and early visual development of a baby, according to the American Pregnancy Society. Studies have also shown that higher consumption of omega-3s may reduce the risk of allergies in infants, and later on, postpartum depression. Omega-3 fatty acids have positive effects on the pregnancy itself as well, including pre-term labor and delivery prevention and lower risk of preeclampsia.
“A baby’s brain development may be correlated to the amount of omega-3s a mother consumes during pregnancy,” says South Florida wellness expert Arianne Traverso. “Not only pregnant women, but also planning and new moms should have a higher intake of omega-3s, and salmon is a great source.”
Omega-3s have been shown to reduce postpartum depression as well, according to Traverso.
“Salmon is one of the world’s most nutrient-dense foods,” she says. “Making sure you and your baby consume enough omega-3s will result in a healthier and supportive pregnancy.”
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