Do you know why you're advised to eat no more than 2 portions of oily fish a week in your pregnancy (Mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines, fresh tuna), its because of the pollution in the sea that they have ingested, and we in turn do. Which can be harmful to your babies development. However there are other sources you can get the benefits of oily fish, I mention this below.
Benefits to Baby and You
Omega-3 fatty acid is really important for pregnancy not just for your babies brain development, but for you too.
Both omega 3 & 6 fatty acids help the following:
- Prevent thrombosis - blood clotting
- Improves oxygen transportation around the body
- Boosts your immune system
Other Sources of Omega 3 & 6
Linseeds / Flaxseeds, Brazil nuts and Pine nuts are just some other sources of both omega 3 and 6.
Also remember fish is a healthy choice so you can eat many other white fishes over and above your oily fish portions.
Healthy and Balanced with Good Variety
The key thing is to make sure you're eating well balanced meals each day with at least three quarters of your plate being vegetables (lots of greens). Change what you eat daily too to make sure you're getting all those vital micro nutrient too. Popping a pill will only give you so much!