For a pregnant mother, it is of her utmost concern to take every possible precaution to have a healthy baby. This means she should take care of every aspect of her health to an extreme point. Not only limited to external factors but most importantly to what she eat. A new research suggests that there are some foods that link to ADHD during pregnancy.
The most common foods involving the risk are those which are high in Omega-6 and Omega-3. It is important to note that Omega-3 is anti-inflammatory while Omega-6 promotes inflammation, so striking a balance between both of them is really important.
Foods containing Omega-3
Here is a list of foods containing Omega-3, so mother’s can keep an eye on the portions they take during pregnancy:
- Nuts and seeds ( Walnuts, Chia seeds, Flax Seeds)
- Fish and some seafood ( Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel, Sardines, Herring)
- Plant Oils ( Canola Oil, Soybean oil, Flaxseed oil)
- Fortified Foods ( yogurt, juices, soy drinks, milk and baby formula milk)
According to NIH, recommended intake during pregnancy and breast feeding is 8 to 12 ounces PER WEEK of fish and other seafood. It is important to note that fish containing high levels of mercury should be avoided like Tuna.
Foods containing Omega-6
For keeping a balance between the ratio of intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6 foods, here is a list compiled of food containing Omega-6:
- Grapeseed Oil, hempseed oil
- Flaxseed Oil or flaxseed
- Nuts like pine nuts and pistachio
- Seeds like sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
- Processed meats
Oils like sunflower and corn may be good source of Omega-6 but they are usually refined so may be lacking some nutrients. It is important to note that vegetable oil is the most dangerous form of oil to consume, so it should be avoided.
On another note, keep red and blue colored dyes to a minimal level in food. Hubba-Bubba wish you a healthy baby by avoiding these foods that link to ADHD during pregnancy. Have any concerns regarding this topic, please post in comments below.