Importance Of Choline During Pregnancy
Written by: Co-Founder Maria Davi
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nicole Palmer, DO
Vitamins, nutrients, and minerals are essential for your body to develop a healthy baby. Your OBGYN has most likely advised you to maintain a well-balanced diet and to take a daily prenatal vitamin before, during, and after pregnancy. This is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your developing baby.
One nutrient that is commonly overlooked while pregnant is Choline. Choline is found in many foods and prenatal vitamins. Here are the benefits of taking a prenatal vitamin with choline for both you and your baby.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CHOLINE?
Choline is an essential nutrient both you and your developing baby need during your pregnancy. This brain-building nutrient helps your baby’s brain and spinal cord properly develop and helps form neurotransmitters in the brain. Consumption of choline in your third-trimester influences lifelong memory for your growing baby. Like folate, choline helps protect your developing baby against neural tube defects, cleft lip, and palate.
Even you benefit from choline, mama! It influences DNA synthesis and helps your body produce fats that make up cellular membranes. It is also known to help your brain and nervous system regulate your memory, mood, and cognition function, perfect for postpartum blues!
IS IT SAFE TO TAKE CHOLINE WHILE PREGNANT?
Choline intake is 100% safe during pregnancy. It is a water-soluble compound, meaning it is not stored in your body’s liver and fats. Although choline is found in many foods, it is absent from most prenatal vitamins currently on the market. Recently, the AMA (American Medical Association) voiced its support for adding choline to prenatal supplements.
Before taking choline supplements, we advise consulting with your OB.
HOW MUCH CHOLINE DURING PREGNANCY IS NEEDED?
The recommended amount of choline for each trimester of pregnancy is 450 mg and 550 mg if you’re breastfeeding. Although your liver can produce small amounts of choline, it can’t make enough to meet the needs you and your developing baby need. You must consume the majority through your diet and the help of a prenatal vitamin.
Our Feed Mom & Me Complete Prenatal Vitamins contain 120 mg of choline and much more! Click here for more information.
WHY CHOLINE IS AS IMPORTANT AS FOLATE DURING PREGNANCY?
For many years, doctors focused mainly on folate for supporting the development of fetal neural tube formation. Recent studies suggest choline is equally vital in neurodevelopment and many other crucial functions.
Like folate, choline is a crucial ingredient for the development of the embryonic brain, spine, spinal cord, and nervous system. The fetus depends on choline as a key ingredient for newly forming cells in the baby’s brain and nervous system. Errors during this process may lead to congenital anomalies like neural tube defects. Both folate and choline deficiencies can also lead to neural tube defects.
BEST FOODS HIGH IN CHOLINE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:
Dairy Products, such as Eggs. (Yellow yolks of a large egg contains about 147 mg of choline)
Lean Beef, and Poultry.
Fish, such as Salmon. (No more than 12 ounces per week)
Vegetables, such as Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, and Cauliflower.
Some Grains, such as Quinoa.
Some Nuts, such as Peanuts.
★ BEST PRENATAL VITAMIN WITH CHOLINE
One of the best over-the-counter prenatal vitamins during pregnancy is Feed Mom & Me Complete Prenatal with DHA. It contains 120 mg of Choline, Bitartrate.
This prenatal supplement is formulated by an OBGYN & Registered Dietitian, containing all the nutrients needed to conceive and during pregnancy. Each small and easy-to-swallow pill is packed with 22 vital natural nutrients to provide nutritional support for you and your growing baby. It contains Folate, DHA (omega-3 fatty acid), Iron, Calcium, Choline, Zinc and much more.
The vegetarian formula is free of artificial colors or flavors, chemicals, preservatives, non-GMO, dairy-free, soy-free, or gluten-free. Each capsules contains B6, Organic Ginger, and Peppermint Powder, which can help alleviate morning sickness and nausea.
Adding to that, it is a women-owned company. Who better than a female would understand pregnancy!