Diet and Nutrition during pregnancy
Eating a wholesome well-balanced diet is extremely important during pregnancy. Eating healthy is one of the best things that you could do for your unborn baby.
There are a few basic tips that you need to follow once you are pregnant
- Eat Balanced Meals
- Do not skip meals
- Eliminate Caffeine (tea/coffee) Cut down as much as possible
- Hydrate – water, juices, coconut water, buttermilk etc
Oil/Ghee: Use only 5-6 spoons per day and be sure to cut down on fried foods. There is a popular myth that excessive intake of ghee during pregnancy will increase the chances of natural birth – there is no truth to this. Ghee and Oil like all other foods should be consumed in moderation
Salt / Sugar: Remember sugar is empty calories (you will certainly crave for sweets and develop a sweet tooth all of a sudden – exercise moderation because you may also gain too much weight which will be difficult to lose later). It is wise to cut down on sweets, sugary items, and salty foods
Milk / Milk Products: Good source of proteins, calcium, and vitamins. Advisable to consume skimmed milk
Dal: 2-3 small bowls a day gives a good source of protein
Eggs: Not more than 2-3 per day
Fish and Meat: Use lean meat and fish and not more than 3-4 serving per day
Vegetables / Fruits: Consume 3-4 kinds of seasonal fruits, Try and consume seasonal vegetables, Fruits can be consumed in-between meals
Cereals, Roti, Rice, Bread: Provides calories, 1-2 servings a day, Source of vitamins and roughage.
Expecting mothers should try and eat foods from all categories so as to maintain a good eating pattern throughout the pregnancy. Make sure that your daily calorie and nutrient needs are met.