Fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acid which is an important nutrient for the growth of baby’s brain, form the retinas and develop the nervous system. Omega 3 foods can provide your baby with the energy and materials necessary to good physical and mental growth. Omega-3s are also important for your own health and well-being during pregnancy. Though Omega 3s are called fatty acids, they are actually very good for you and are a necessary component for both mental and physical health. Omega 3 fatty acids are often referred to as essential fatty acids. This is because they cannot be produced by your own body, but instead need to be gotten through essential foods.
There are 3 main types of Omega 3 fatty acids,
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA): EPA is found primarily in fish and fish oil.
Docosahexanoic Acid (DHA): DHA is especially important to your body, and is also found primarily in fish.
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA): ALA is found mostly in seeds, vegetable oils, and leafy green vegetables. It is converted into EPA and then into DHA in your body.
Breast milk is the primary source for Omega 3 fatty acid – DHA. Fish is the next source when they switch from breast milk. The Omega 3 fatty acids present in the fish which helps in the brain growth, eye development and nerve development.
Foods that is rich in Omega 3 Fatty acids,
• Fishes such as tuna, salmon and sardines. Shark, swordfish and marlin are species to skip and a baby should never eat raw fish due to the danger of food poisoning.
• Hemp oil, Soyabean oil, Walnut oil, Flaxseed oil.
• Green leafy vegetables.
• Some eggs are enhanced with Omega 3 fatty acids.