At Collins Seafoods, we understand that during pregnancy it can be difficult to maintain a balanced diet. Giving into cravings such as chocolate, fish and chips (of course), crisps and other types of comfort food is often a lot easier than eating healthily!
While it may seem easier said than done, the crucial thing for mums to be to remember is whatever you’re eating, your baby is eating too. Your baby is depending on you entirely – no pressure! – to provide the correct nutrients to help them grow.
The good news is that fish, especially Collins’ high quality Frozen at Sea fish, can be really good for both you and your baby. Obviously we already knew that but thought we’d tell you why:
There are so many reasons we love Cod! Not only is it delicious, but it is loaded with protein, which is essential to your health. Cod also provides types of fat that are good for you, lowering cholesterol levels and risk of disease. Pregnancy can be tiring, new mums need all the energy they can get. Cod is the perfect fish for mums who need a boost, as it is full of nutrients which help convert food into energy.
Oily fish is brilliant for the brain, literally. Omega-3 oils found in Salmon, mackerel and sardines are vital for human biological functions, specifically brain development. Health experts recommend that mums to be should be munching on at least two portions of fish a week, ideally rich in oils.
If you crave tuna, try not go overboard. During your pregnancy, you should avoid having more than four cans a week, because tuna contains more mercury than other fish, which could affect your baby’s developing nervous system.
Other types of seafood can be a source of essential nutrients as well. Iron, found in shellfish, crayfish, cockles and mussels also play a vital role in transporting oxygen around the body and producing energy which will can reduce tiredness and fatigue.
But you’ve Cod to be joking if you think we expect expecting mums to be good all the time. Everyone needs a break now and again so a few portions of chips – with some of Collins Seafoods tasty Frozen at Sea fish won’t hurt – we promise we won’t tell anyone!