The 3 Most Important Foods for Any New Mum
- Zinc: This is essential in supporting different brain processes. A deficiency in zinc can lead to irritability and depression. Sources of zinc include fish, eggs, turkey, beef and yogurts.
- Vitamin C: Deficiencies in vitamin C have been linked to depression. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: These have been shown to combat depression and other mental health disorders such as bipolar disorder. Omega-3 can be found in fish such as herring, sardines, and tuna.
- Folic acid: Research has found that those who have depression are more likely to have lower levels of folic acid than those people who are not depressed. Folic acid can be found in foods such as avocado, grapefruits, and black-eyed peas.
- Alcohol: Experts are still divided over how much, if any, is safe for a baby. So stick to a minimal amount, or better still, none at all.
- Caffeine: If you drink more than three cups of coffee or carbonated drinks a day, you can disturb your baby's sleep pattern.
- Fish: Swordfish, shark, and king mackerel are all high in mercury, a toxin which can be harmful to babies.