According to some new research by Dutch scientists women may be able to reduce their chances of having a ‘colicky’...
According to some new research by Dutch scientists women may be able to reduce their chances of having a ‘colicky’ (i.e. loud) baby, simply by boosting their intake of steak. Well, not exactly steak alone, but by boosting their intake of vitamin B12, which is found in steak, eggs and chicken, among other foods. The researchers studied many new mamas and babies, and mamas who had the lowest levels of B12 during pregnancy were more likely to have babies that cry for three or more hours a day. Researchers guess that too little vitamin B12 may affect baby nerve cells in the brain, and perhaps increase irritability. Another guess is that a lack of B12 may disrupt sleep cycles. Now all that said, you don't need extreme amounts of B12. For example, an entire day's supply of vitamin B12 can be obtained by eating just 1 cup raisin bran plus a cup of milk. Vegetarians and vegans are at the highest risk of missing out on B12 - but seriously, no worries. I was a vegetarian during pregnancy and my son was colic-free - you can get B12 in a supplement if you're concerned. Just be sure to talk to your midwife or doc before taking an extra B12 vitamin. Beef, yes steak, is an excellent source of B12, however, beef is not healthy day in and day out. When you do eat beef, opt for lean cuts that are not fried. Liver, raw eggs, soft cheese and shellfish all contain vitamin B12 but you should avoid these hazardous foods as they can make you sick. For a safe and healthy pregnancy, try mixing it up with foods besides beef that contain B12, such as...
- Hard boiled egg
- Swiss cheese
- Fortified breakfast cereals
- Cooked trout, halibut, cod or salmon
- Cooked clams or shrimp
- Lean roasted chicken