Baby brain is a real thing – quick sigh of relief. Fact: in the third trimester the mother’s brain actually begins shrinking. I find this comforting because the amount of ridiculous things that I am doing and saying or NOT doing and saying, needs an excuse – along with having NO memory, like Dori from “Finding Nemo” style. Bad. Just all sorts of bad.
Thankfully I was reminded by Katie and Megan, because yes, they had already told me and I forgot, that there is hope and it comes in the form of choline. Choline is the building block for acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that assists nerve communication in forming memories. It also plays a really important role in the development of the baby’s brain, both while developing in utero and in infancy. In essence, it can improve the cognitive function of both mama and baby. A double win. Pregnant mothers should aim to get at least 450 mg a day, and breastfeeding mothers 550 mg per day.
So where can we find this brain boosting nutrient?
- beef, chicken and turkey (and their livers)
- cod, salmon, tuna and shrimp
- cauliflower, collard greens
- oranges and bananas
As I boost my choline intake and create a baby genius, I will also look forward to being able to find my car keys and remembering to turn my oven off 😉