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Super Foods + Smart Advice = The Best Prenatal Diet

Learn these food “equations” and apply them to your prenatal diet to keep you and your baby healthy.

Fish + Olive Oil + Avocados = Baby Brain Boost

Your daily calorie intake should consist of 25 percent to 30 percent healthy fats, which are important for your baby’s brain and vision. “Dietary fat is one of the basic building blocks in the formation of fetal cells,” says Blazier. “The fat in fish has been found to aid the development of your baby’s brain tissue and central nervous system.”

This brain-building fat is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid found mainly in cold-water fish. To avoid mercury and other contaminants, choose wild Pacific salmon, mussels and other safe varieties. For more information, click here.

MORE DHA SOURCES: Canola or flax oil, nuts and seeds, tofu.

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by Nancy Gottesman

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