What You Should Eat & What You Should Not For A Healthy Pregnancy
Oct 22, 2021, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The right nutritious diet during pregnancy, not only ensures birth of a healthy child, but also reduces complication during child birth and is a gift of health to the child for life. Good nutrition means, safe and healthy outcome of pregnancy, both for mother and her newborn.
Check out certain foods, which when taken, apart from the regular diet, help in meeting the extra demands of nutrients during pregnancy.
Milk and Milk products, buttermilk - These foods provide good-quality calcium (and proteins) required in pregnancy. Adequate calcium intake during pregnancy is crucial. It is required for the development of the bones, teeth and the entire skeletal structure of the growing foetus. It is also very important for the mother’s own well-being. If an expecting mother is not taking enough calcium, her own bones are de-mineralised and will be unable to meet the growing foetus’s requirements as well as expose her to a host of bone-related diseases for the future. Drinks like buttermilk also help in dealing with acidity issues, common during pregnancy.
Green Leafy Vegetables - Green leafy vegetables, especially dark green ones like sarson, chulai, bathua, chana saag, and cauliflower leaves are rich in iron and Vitamin A (required for the baby’s vision and eye health). More than normal RDA (required daily allowance) of iron is required during pregnancy to meet the growth needs of foetus and maternal tissues. Besides these, Eggs, Meat & poultry are also important for an expecting mother. Iodine is required for physical and mental growth of the foetus.
Rachel Deepthi, Nutritionist
Registered Dietitian. Specialized in Maternal and child health nutrition, diabetes management, sports nutrition & weight management.
| Oct 22, 2021
What food items are advisable to be taken in 7th month of pregnancy which will make my baby to be born with a sharp mind and intelligent. Also please tell me how much ghee intake is advisable in a day during pregnancy? I was 58 kgs before pregnancy. Now I am 70 kgs.
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