Your Food Plays A Vital Role In Your Baby’s Brain Development,Says Dr.Mirudhubashini Govindarajan

The fetal nervous system (i.e), the brain and the spinal cord is one of the very first systems to develop. A mere 16 days after conception, the fetal neural plate forms which is the foundation of baby’s brain and spinal cord and the food you eat plays a vital role in its development.
The nutrition of the fetus is connected with that of its mother. “The mothers-to-be must consult a nutritionist or dietician as soon as they become pregnant. At our center, we have highly qualified and experienced nutritionists who understand the needs of the pregnant women and ensure safe pregnancy and delivery of healthy babies,” says Clinical Director, Womens Center by Motherhood, Dr.Mirudhubashini Govindarajan.
Because the baby’s brain starts developing very early, it is important to take 400 micrograms of folic acid as soon as you think you might want to get pregnant. This is important for fetal cell and tissue growth and for DNA formation and consuming enough folic acid before and early in pregnancy reduces chances of serious neural tube defects like spina bifida in the baby. So take your prenatal vitamin and be sure to eat plenty of folate rich food like green leafy vegetables and whole grains.
Another important nutrient essential for fetal brain development is the omega-3-fatty acids, particularly – DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Fatty fish, soyabeans and walnuts are good sources of DHA. Iodine is another critical nutrient for healthy brain and mental growth. Iodine deficiency can lead to impaired cognitive development. Good sources of iodine include fish, milk, yogurt, cheese and iodised salt. Also munch on fruits and veggies, that contain antioxidants, which protect the baby’s brain tissue from damage.
“Pregnancy being a delicate phase, it is important to go through a proper diet. The secret lies in moderation. It means eat what you like but keep it in limits,” says Dr.Mirudhubashini.
At Womens Center by Motherhood, doctors and nutritionists who are highly qualified and experienced continuously monitor the mothers-to-be and goading and guiding them on the foods they must take and must avoid. Eating a well balanced diet that includes healthy meals and snacks full of wholesome food (not too many sweets, fried food and refined food) and a daily prenatal vitamin gives your baby the best chance at normal brain.
Dr. Mirudhubashini Govindarajan
Womens Center by Motherhood

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