Brain Power Supplements for Pregnancy
Evidence suggests that pregnancy brain may not be a myth after all. Studies reveal that there is a tendency for pregnant women to feel more “absentminded” than usual, potentially due to fluctuating hormone levels. I think that we might all agree, a little extra brain power to fuel memory and concentration is always nice. Luckily, certain supplements and food can do wonders for our brain, cognitive function and mood.
Omega 3 fatty acids are known to support brain function and are also a key ingredient for the neural development of your baby in utero. Taking a quality fish oil along with eating omega 3 rich foods including: wild salmon, sardines, flaxseed, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and sunflower seeds can leave you feeling clearer and improve your mood.
Vitamin B12 is a brain boosting vitamin that also helps to prevent neural tube defects in your growing baby. In fact, women with low levels of B12 are shown to have five times the risk of babies with birth defects. B12 is also responsible for nervous system function and making red blood cells. As we age, our bodies slow the production of intrinsic factor which creates an increased risk of B12 deficiency. To receive adequate levels of all B vitamins take a pharmaceutical grade prenatal vitamin and eat B12 rich foods such as fermented soya products, seaweeds and algae.