why fats are essential to pregnancy

Your baby’s brain, which is approximately 60% fat, is being formed from scratch during pregnancy. So it’s understandable that your bodies need for fat soluble vitamins and other nutrients found in high fat foods goes up during pregnancy. The human brain requires high demands for cholesterol, choline, omega-3 fats, and a variety of fat soluble nutrients.

Because the brain is predominately made of fat, almost all of its structures and functions have a crucial dependency upon essential fatty acids, which we get directly from our food.”

eggs———

Cholesterol itself plays a key role in the development of your baby, is required for hormone synthesis (in you and your baby), and is part of every cell in your (and your baby’s) body.

EFAS———–

“We know that essential fatty acid level mirror the levels in mom, which should give even more incentive to eat wisely.”

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avocado

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coconut

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nuts

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fat drippings

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dairy products

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oils

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putting it all together on your plate

Check out my post showing you five breakfasts, dinners, and snacks integrating healthy fats!