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Your Pregnancy Weekly Guide:
During the weeks before, of, and after your 19th week of pregnancy, your baby’s brain develops at a phenomenal rate. In addition, other systems continue to grow.
Fats are an essential part of your baby's growth and development during the 19th week of pregnancy. But choosing the right fats is key.
Cutting back on your saturated and trans fat intake is recommended. Saturated and trans fats are listed on all food labels, so take a look at them to choose the lowest saturated and trans fat option available.
Foods high in saturated fat:
Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils, high-fat meats (such as ribs, sausage, hot dogs, bacon and lard), cheese, butter.
Foods high in trans fat:
Hard margarines, commercially fried foods, and baked goods made with shortening or partially hydrogenated oils, such as crackers, cookies, cakes, pastries, and donuts.
Conversely, unsaturated fats are an important part of a healthy diet. Unsaturated fats — which include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — have been shown to have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats are particularly important during pregnancy because they support your baby’s brain development. Fats are also needed to help the cell membranes and other tissues grow.
Foods containing unsaturated fats include:
In general, you want to include small amounts (30 to 45 mL) of unsaturated fats in your diet each day, and limit saturated and trans fats. Try the following “good-fat” foods:
Remember to always talk to your health professional before making changes to your diet during pregnancy.
Some foods have fats that have been changed through a process called hydrogenation to become what is commonly known as trans-fatty acids (TFAs). This type of fat may raise low-density cholesterol (the unhealthy type), increase the risk of heart disease and should be avoided when possible. It is found most often in processed baked goods that are made with shortening or partially hydrogenated oils such as crackers, cookies, pastries, donuts, and in fried foods such as French fries and breaded foods.
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