Omega-3 fatty acids contain DHA and AA, which are abundant in healthy brains, and research suggests that taking omega-3 supplements during pregnancy will positively affect your baby’s brain development.
“During 27 to 30 weeks, when the brain is really rapidly growing, taking fatty acid supplements will give baby more fuel for the brain to develop properly,” says Neonatologist Poj Lysouvakon, M.D., of the University of Chicago Medical Center. “And studies do show that babies who have appropriate levels of DHA and AA are shown to have higher IQs and better vision.”
Fish oil is the best source of omega-3 because it is doesn’t contain the potentially harmful mercury that’s found in fish flesh (more on that later). There are plant sources of omega-3, such as flax seed, but some doctors warn against taking high levels of them while you’re pregnant. So, if you want the benefits of the brain building acids, your best bet is taking a pure fish oil supplement. Ask your doctor what kind and how much is safe to take.
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