Omega-3 fatty acids are important not just for the maintenance of good health, but they also help support cognitive health and brain function.
One thing you may notice is that you’re a lot more tired. That’s because your body is exerting a lot of energy to support the baby, which in turn causes your body to feel tired or fatigued.
To keep your energy up, you need a steady supply of nutritious fuel. Eating well and staying hydrated, combined with taking a daily multivitamin with at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid, 16-20 mg of Iron, and B vitamins can give you the nutrients you need to feel good and to help support energy needs during pregnancy.
Your baby will take the vitamins and minerals he or she needs to develop from your body, which could leave you at risk of developing nutritional gaps.
While eating a balanced diet is important, it alone may not give you high enough levels of some of the nutrients needed to support your pregnancy. Two nutrients you will need to supplement are at least 0.4 milligrams (mg) of Folic Acid and 16-20 mg Iron, which you can find in your daily prenatal multivitamin.
Omega-3 fatty acids are more important to include in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, are important not just for the maintenance of good health, but they also help support cognitive health and brain function.
Eating right and continuing to take a prenatal multivitamin helps support your hard working body, especially after giving birth and while you are breastfeeding. It is natural for you to focus all your attention on your newborn, but it is more important than ever to also look after yourself.
If you are planning on breastfeeding, you need to consume even more nutrients to conserve your energy stores, and drink enough fluid to avoid becoming dehydrated. Experts recommend that women who are breastfeeding take a daily prenatal multivitamin containing at least 0.4 mg of Folic Acid.
Omega-3 DHA is another important nutrient you will be providing your baby through your breast milk, building stores of DHA in their central nervous system (about 50-70 mg daily). While you are nursing, you should aim for an average of 200 mg of DHA daily.