Your baby is a little achiever right from the start of your pregnancy! Did you know his brain begins to develop soon after the moment of conception? You can help to nurture your baby’s brain growth by consuming a vital nutrient called DHA.
DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid, but it’s simply an omega-3 fat. It’s an excellent aid in the development of your baby’s brain, eyes and central nervous system.
Consuming DHA during your pregnancy can help your baby achieve important developmental milestones in the future, such as crawling and even walking to you for a hug!
But your little one’s cognitive development continues even after he is born.You can help give your newborn the best start in life by nourishing him with DHA-enriched products, too.
How much DHA do you and your baby need?
The World Health Organisation recommends at least 200 milligrams of DHA each day during your pregnancy.
Where can you and your baby get DHA?
- Fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are good “brain foods” and are easy to prepare as a tasty meal, too! Eat at least two servings of these DHA-rich fatty fish each week to ensure that you and your baby are getting enough of this brain-building nutrient.
- DHA-fortified products – commonly, eggs, milk and bread
http://www.enfamil.ca/en/feeding-my-baby/nutrition-for-newborn/why-your-newborn-needs-dha (The roles of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy, lactation and infancy: review of current knowledge and consensus recommendations.)