Good nutrition is important to the health of expectant moms and their unborn babies. A diet rich in folic acid, calcium and DHA can benefit both moms and babies. DHA performs a vital role in our brain tissues throughout our lives and is crucial to infants’ optimal brain and eye development. Pregnant and nursing women in the US consume about 60-80 mg of DHA per day from food and drink, which is only about 25% of the recommended intake. It is easy to make up the difference by taking a DHA supplement.
Seventy percent of energy supply during pregnancy goes to fetal brain development. Your baby’s brain experiences major growth during the second trimester of pregnancy and throughout the first two years of life. These are the times when DHA is the most needed. Unborn babies get their DHA through the placenta. Once they are born, babies get DHA from breastmilk or DHA-enhanced infant formula. DHA deficiencies in the mother can affect the baby, which makes DHA a crucial nutrient. Most OB/GYNs recommend that moms take a multivitamin that includes DHA.
Pregnant and nursing mothers can enhance the levels of DHA available for their babies by taking a DHA supplement. Clinical research shows that children whose moms supplemented with DHA displayed advantages such as improved hand-eye coordination at 2.5 years of age and improved attention skills at 5 years of age.
BrainStrong is a complete prenatal multivitamin with the highest levels of folic acid and DHA available without a prescription. It contains up to 75% more DHA than other leading prenatal vitamin brands! It usually costs less than most co-pays and comes from a vegetarian source.
A workshop sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (NIH/ISSFAL) recommended an intake of 300mg a day for pregnant and lactating women; BrainStrong Prenatal has 350mg to help support a healthy pregnancy and baby.
WHERE TO BUY BRAINSTRONG:
BrainStrong is available at CVS, Rite-Aid, Target, Walmart, drug stores and grocery stores.