I'm hoping to get some suggestions on good (veg) foods to increase my omega-3 intake during this 3rd tri of my pregnancy. This morning I lightly ground up a couple TBSPs of flax seeds and mixed it into my oatmeal (after cooking the oats). I have read that some people worry about flax causing uterine cntx in pregnancy (although I wonder if this fear is overblown). So I'm looking for ideas besides just flax -- I figure getting DHA/omega-3 from multiple sources certainly can't hurt! Even if someone could point me to some good internet resources (i.e., info with citations) that would be super helpful! I am a fan of the vegetarian resource group, but I haven't found a ton of info there on omega-3's.
Also, should I stop it already with the sunflower seed oil? I often use a bit of sunflower or canola for cooking in a pan, and I was reading over the veg resource group's page that this may mess with the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.
I should mention that I do not have a source for algae at this time (living in Germany).
Thanks bunches and bunches!!
I don't know if this is helpful to you, but I order my vitamins from the company below and they ship to Germany.
Thanks for your response, I'll check out the link. Maybe I'll post this in the preg forum for more ideas.
not sure if you've already gotten more ideas, but chia and hemp are both good sources of EFAs. can be sprinkled on cereals, in yogurt, smoothies, etc. a little more tasty than flax!
I take the deva supps and also second using chia and hempseeds. I don't know the reason why, but I have seen multiple times to avoid flax oil while pregnant. I think something about phytoestrogens.
Last time I was pregnant I made a lot of shakes using hemp seeds - typically I used water or some sort of milk, raw cacao powder, a banana, a tbsp or 2 of hemp seeds, some dates if I wanted it sweeter and sometimes a few handfuls of spinach (depending on what my stomach felt like). There are also some great chia seed recipes online if you look. Chia pudding tastes like tapioca pudding. I should start making this now that I'm pregnant again.
Snack on Avocados! They are so good just sliced up and with a tortilla chip:)
Nuts, nuts and more nuts :)