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Eating to Grow a Healthy Baby Brain, with Theresa Nesbitt
The Birthful Podcast: Episode #59
As humans, we’ve got enormous energy-hungry brains, made up of rare building blocks. How does your pregnant body and the placenta build your baby’s brain from scratch, and what should you eat before, during and after pregnancy to help it be the healthiest? Dr. Theresa Nesbitt has the answers. Check it out.
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What we talked about:
What do your curves have to do with your baby’s brain?
Building a brain from scratch
What to eat during pregnancy to give your baby’s brain the best building blocks
You are not eating for two! Instead, eat well for yourself
The placenta as your baby’s chef (and you are the pantry!)
Fats: the good, the bad, and the highly unstable, and which should you have
Avoiding an inflammatory diet
PUFAs, Omega-3s and Omega-6s
What you need to know about DHA, and the foods that have it
Dr. Theresa Nesbitt is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with special training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Theresa promotes health and wellness for women with a focus on mothers. She has a particular interest in brain growth and development. Dr. Theresa is Director of Family Health Coaching, editor of Babies and Breastfeeding Magazine and author of Evolutionary Eating: How We Got Fat and 7 Simple Fixes. He newest book is Building a Baby Brain Bite by Bite – How to Eat Before, During and After Pregnancy. She is also co-author (with Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, FILCA) of the Natural Breastfeeding Program – The Solution to Successful Start.
Dr. Nesbitt developed an interest in breastfeeding because she observed that although many pregnant women plan to breastfeed, they are not really prepared to do so. Her interest in brain health, nutrition and developmental kinesiology have helped her to look at Breastfeeding and Human milk from a new perspective.