Feb. 19, 2022
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Everyday, we rub our growing baby bumps to the point it becomes second nature. At times like these (and all other times, let’s be real), we ponder who our future children growing inside us will become.
Whether you wonder about their future profession…
“A doctor? An astronaut? The President of the United States?”
Or qualities of their personality…
“Will my child be kind? Will they be brave?”
We can’t escape thinking about the troubling side of things, as well. Thoughts may permeate your mind that may leave you feeling guilty.
“What if something is wrong with my baby? What if my child isn’t smart?”
First and foremost - don’t feel guilty! You’re not alone in having these thoughts, and they’re a normal part of being a pregnant mother.
Every new mom wants a healthy, smart baby. And the most important piece to ensuring this is proper nutrition!
Ensuring you’re getting enough nutrients like protein, folate, and DHA while you’re pregnant is vital for both you and your growing baby. And certain foods are especially important to eat to give your baby the best start possible.
On your first visit, your doctor more than likely went over a list of foods that are beneficial for nourishing you and your baby. In addition to drinking plenty of water, below is a list of what your doctor most likely recommended and why:
Dairy (particularly Greek yogurt)
Dairy gives you protein, calcium, and Vitamin D. During pregnancy, your growing baby will leach calcium from your body, which can weaken your bones.
Legumes are rich in folates, another essential for your baby’s best development.
Sweet potatoes have vitamin A which is necessary for cell growth.
Eggs are full of protein, the basic building blocks of a growing baby.
Greens of the leafy variety have all the key vitamins you need, including but not limited to Vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, fiber, and more!
Whole grains contain fiber, which promotes a healthy digestive tract and reduces the risk of preeclampsia.
Not only are they delicious - avocados are full of good heart-healthy fats.
As you can see from the above chart, there are lots of foods that promote overall good health for you and your growing baby.
Above all of these foods though, there is one “superfood” experts have touted that can help boost the brain power of babies: fatty fish.
Fatty fish contains DHA, an important long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that has been shown to lead to an increase of IQ by 8 points before birth.
So, if you want a smarter baby, you need to eat more fish… right?
One of the biggest dilemmas for expectant moms is whether or not to eat fish.
Current expert guidelines suggest women intake low-mercury fish twice per week for the benefits of DHA.
But here’s the problem with that…
While fish contains DHA, due to environmental pollution it also contains mercury. Some studies have shown mercury may reduce a baby’s IQ by as many as 8 points before birth.
Research has shown most fish species have enough of the substance to pose an adverse effect on IQ scores - to the point that it “exceeded the beneficial effects of DHA.”
There isn’t much data around the damaging effects of mercury exposure when sticking within the twice per week guidelines, but let’s be real…
Do you really want to ingest mercury?
On the other side of things, not getting DHA to your growing baby has serious repercussions too.
So if your baby needs DHA for proper brain development but mercury levels may restrict this growth, what can you do?
Fortunately, there’s one simple trick you can use to boost your baby’s IQ without the dangers of mercury!
Thankfully, there’s no need to put yourself and your baby at risk!
A lot of research exists today around DHA derived from microalgae, and how it can serve as a replacement for DHA derived from mercury-contaminated fish.
That’s why Baby Booster uses life’sDHA® in their protein shakes! Derived from microalgae, this DHA gives your baby the brain boosting power they need without the risk of harm.
Plus, Baby Booster’s shakes contain a packed house of pregnancy-safe ingredients and nutrients like protein and folate to help your baby develop safe and healthy.
And if you weren’t really a fan of eating fish before, you’ll be happy to know Baby Booster comes in four heavenly flavors: Tahitian Vanilla, Kona Mocha, Salty Caramel, and Creamy Strawberry.
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