Eating well this week: Why I need Omega 3 and Iodine, and foods that have it

Omega 3Recent research shows that women with a diet that ensures a balanced intake of Omega 3 have a lower risk of early delivery.Research also shows that Omega 3 is extremely beneficial even to the unborn baby. It helps improve the baby’s brain development. Also babies born from mothers who had an omega 3 rich diet have a lower risk of eczema and food allergies. The attention spans (considered as an important component of intelligence) of these babies are reported to be of high.Now the body cannot produce it on its own so you need to ensure adequate supply in your diet. For Omega 3 rich food you could eat – cold water fishes (though you would want to avoid those with high mercury content), eggs, walnuts, chia seeds, soy milk, etc. You could also have fish oil supplements for your omega 3 intake, but check with the doctor first.IodineIodine plays an important role in regulating the thyroid gland and one’s metabolism. Pregnant women with low intake of iodine have an increased risk of miscarriage, pre term delivery, etc. Having adequate amounts of iodine when pregnant, helps in the development of the brain and nervous system of the baby.Food sources of iodine include – dairy products, eggs, vegetables, ocean or saltwater seafood, etc. It is easy to meet the requirement of iodine so typically you will not need to take supplements.If you experience fatigue, weakness, depression, and intolerance to cold, weight gain or enlargement of the thyroid gland are all symptoms that your body could need more iodine.