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Consuming refined high-fat and sugar-rich foods whilst pregnant can potentially lead to issues with aggression, hyperactivity and emotional-behavioural dysregulation – not just physical health, as many may assume.
These foods include:
The foods we eat whilst pregnant can impact the mental health and wellbeing of our babies in utero and beyond.
Eating a diet high in omega 3s, protein and iron can help aid baby’s brain development and mood in-utero. Jamie Oliver’s easy Mediterranean inspired recipes are a delicious way of ensuring you’re getting extra nutrients into yours and your baby’s diet. These foods include:
How it helps: boost brain function
Where to find it: seafood (cooked, hot only), seaweed, chia seeds and walnuts
Jamie’s recipe ideas: Traditional Greek Mackerel, Red Mullet with Couscous and Pasta with Sardines
Leafy greens, beans and nuts are a great source of iron.
The Good Foundation helps to improve the eating habits and overall wellbeing of Australians in every stage of life. For more information about Jamie’s Ministry of Food classes, visit: jamiesministryoffood.com.au