Lipid needs during pregnancy

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Lipids are important for the baby’s energy intake and also for the good development of the nervous system. Essential fatty acids present in vegetable oils are needed to train and develop baby’s brain cells. Also, lipids are designed to help the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamin E protects the baby’s cells, having an antioxidant effect; can be found in in some oils such as sunflower.
Vitamin A, found in animal fats like butter, is essential to baby’s vision. Vitamin D helps fixing calcium necessary for the child’s bone formation.

Lipids and fats are essential to fetal brain development, providing vitamins, and essential fatty acids that are so much needed for the formation and functioning of the baby’s nervous system. Moreover, normal pregnancy causes an increase in cholesterol and triglycerides levels, increase that reflects the higher energy needs of the mother and baby, without being related to any type of food.

We recommend high intake of fat from various sources:
- 20 to 30 g of butter, easy to digest and rich in vitamin A
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil, soybeans, sunflower
- The rest is provided by foods such as meat, fish, etc.



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