1. Omega 3 Fatty Acids – This is an extremely important nutrient for the fetus in utero. Omega 3 is made up of two main components, which are EPA and DHA. The fetus specifically needs the DHA for brain and neurological development. It will take what it needs from the mother’s diet. If there isn’t enough in the diet, it will be taken from other areas of the mother’s body. This could be a reason of “pregnancy brain” or “mom brain” where the mom feels a decrease in memory or the ability to think clearly.
3. Folate – We have all heard about the importance of folate during pregnancy. It is needed for proper development and growth of the central nervous system including the brain and spinal cord. It is also important during breastfeeding and is a component in healthy breast milk. Something to be aware of is that folate is a natural B-vitamin, B9 to be exact. Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate and can be difficult or even impossible for many people to methylate. Methylate basically means a specific carbon molecule is attached to the folate molecule to make