What Nutritions a Pregnant Woman Should Eat

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What Nutrition's a Pregnant Woman Should Eat?

Puja Sharma Vasisht, Parentune Expert


Dec 18, 2015 | 1 : 00 PM to 2 : 10 PM

Do you know about all nutritional intake or needs of your body in pregnancy? What to eat when pregnant? Which macro-nutrients are needed most and where to find them? what should be diet chart for pregnant women? and more similar questions. Explore expert's answers around healthy eating during pregnancy for you and your baby and get tips on planning meals during pregnancy.


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What are the best vegetarian foods to eat in the third trimester?

What are the best vegetarian foods to eat in the third trimester?

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Rosy, you should concentrate on vegetarian source ofprotein, calcium, iron and vitamin A. 2015-12-18 13:17:45
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For this you can include paneer, cheese, curd, sprouted black chana. Do include green leafy vegetable especially sarson, bathua and palak. You can take fruits like guava, oranges, pomegranate, raisins, dates etc. You should also include some soaked almonds in your diet. 2015-12-18 13:18:41
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I have been taking all of this.... greens, milk products, sprouts, salads, fibrous foods, etc.... will this be enough for the growth of my unborn twins?? 2015-12-18 13:20:28
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I also consume around 1 ltr of milk / milk products daily 2015-12-18 13:21:03
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Puja Vasisht
Yes, these apart from cereals and all other foods you are taking. 2015-12-18 13:21:24
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Okk... sure.... I am already overweight, and have a slip disc, so is it advisable for me to have ghee.... honestly, I am don't want to 2015-12-18 13:22:25
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Puja Vasisht
The milk and its products you are taking should be toned and not full cream. 2015-12-18 13:22:35
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Yes. ... toned milk products 2015-12-18 13:22:51
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Puja Vasisht
If you are already overweight, it is better to avoid ghee.Concentrate on green leafy vegetables, whole grains like oats, dalia, besan and soaked nuts (not too much but a handful only) 2015-12-18 13:24:21
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Excellent 2015-12-18 13:24:43
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Like Mallika, I too have been suffering with severe heartburn. I usually finish my dinner by 8 pm and have a sleepless night because of the movement of the babies. My doc has recommended Digene syrup.... but is it ok to take it everyday? 2015-12-18 13:26:11
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I can't sleep because of the heartburn everyday 2015-12-18 13:27:09
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Puja Vasisht
Yes, the doctor would recommend only safe products. 2015-12-18 13:27:12
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Puja Vasisht
Rosy, you space take meals every 2 hours and probably break big meals in two. 2015-12-18 13:28:06
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Ok... does drinking nimbu pani reduce the heartburn 2015-12-18 13:28:47
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Or coconut water? 2015-12-18 13:29:33
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Puja Vasisht
Hi, if nimbu pani along with black salt is helping you, you may take it. You can try plain water and avoid too spicy, fried and fatty foods. 2015-12-18 13:30:31
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Puja Vasisht
Coconut water, not too, much is beneficial. 2015-12-18 13:31:24
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Yes it is... thank u so much Puja for your guidance 2015-12-18 13:31:35
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Ok.... will limit coconut water then.... thanks Puja 2015-12-18 13:32:05
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In case of any other clarification, I will post my next question 2015-12-18 13:32:43
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Puja Vasisht
Okay, take care Rosy. 2015-12-18 13:33:04
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:) thanks 2015-12-18 13:33:16
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How to reduce heart burn during last trimester?In my case , it is severe.

How to reduce heart burn during last trimester?In my case , it is severe.

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Mallika, the growing foetus puts pressure against the stomach. This gives heart burn. You should avoid taking large meals at one go. 2015-12-18 13:03:24
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Puja Vasisht
You can go for small, frequent meals that is at every two or two and half hours. 2015-12-18 13:04:38
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Puja Vasisht
Are there any specific foods which give you heart burn? 2015-12-18 13:05:26
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Yesterday i had palak panner..After that it started heavily..But before preganant i used to have and never faced it.. 2015-12-18 13:07:14
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Puja Vasisht
In this case try individual dishes of both palak and paneer. Whichever of the two gives heart burn, avoid it for the time being. 2015-12-18 13:08:40
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And how to reduce to gas??Bcoz of this am getting back pain.. 1. if we drink milk, do we get indigestion problem? 2015-12-18 13:08:50
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Puja Vasisht
Again, it is the growing pressure of the uterus, which is giving these gas symptoms. If in this condition, milk is giving too much problem, have curd instead. 2015-12-18 13:11:25
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Puja Vasisht
Mallika, you can even try wearing loose fitted clothes, to help you in this condition. 2015-12-18 13:12:17
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OK.My doctor advised me to take 500ml milk per day..is it mandatory?if we skip any day, will the baby weight gets effected 2015-12-18 13:13:22
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Puja Vasisht
You can have little amount, say 200 ml as it is and rest you may take in form of curd or yogurt. You can even take home made paneer, if it is well digested by you. 2015-12-18 13:15:02
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Thank you very much for your reply.If there are any other concerns i will get back to you in this one hour session. 2015-12-18 13:15:54
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Puja Vasisht
Bye and take care Mallika 2015-12-18 13:16:24
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My sister is in her 4th month and is drinking too much coconut water, say about 3 glasses a day. Is....

My sister is in her 4th month and is drinking too much coconut water, say about 3 glasses a day. Is it ok?

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Megha, though coconut water is a good fluid and electrolyte option in pregnancy, too much of it is not good. 2015-12-18 13:34:56
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Puja Vasisht
It has high content of potassium, an electrolyte. All the nutrients have to be taken in a balance. She can have other nutritious beverages like buttermilk, soup etc. 2015-12-18 13:38:05
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Puja Vasisht
Coconut water she can have around one- two glasses in a day 2015-12-18 13:39:37
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Hi, I am 3rd month of pregnancy and having nausea and vomiting? What should I do?

Hi, I am 3rd month of pregnancy and having nausea and vomiting? What should I do?

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Mehak,you can have high carbohydrate foods like biscuits, crackers, a piece of toast first thing in the morning. 2015-12-18 13:47:52
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Puja Vasisht
Take it as early as possible. Again small and frequent meals are better tolerated. 2015-12-18 13:48:38
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Do any particular foods induce nausea? 2015-12-18 13:49:44
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Whatever I eat I puke it out 2015-12-18 13:49:47
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Puja Vasisht
In this case, stick to smaller, light meals only. Avoid fatty and rich foods like fried, pastries, rich gravies. 2015-12-18 13:50:54
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Puja Vasisht
You should also avoid highly seasoned, spicy foods. 2015-12-18 13:52:19
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What about milk, thats the only thing I am able to drink. Milk, Lassi, cheese and curd 2015-12-18 13:52:57
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Puja Vasisht
You can take these and use their low fat variety only. 2015-12-18 13:53:37
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During Breastfeeding, how do we know that baby tummy is full?

During Breastfeeding, how do we know that baby tummy is full?

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can we drink packed soymilk? 2015-12-18 13:56:14
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Puja Vasisht
Hi Mallika, generally when the babies are hungry, they indicate so by crying. Once they have their feed, they would not cry for more and may fall asleep. 2015-12-18 13:56:40
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Puja Vasisht
Soy milk can be taken unless indicated on their packaging to avoid in pregnancy/breastfeeding. 2015-12-18 13:57:57
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How much quantity of ghee should we take daily for normal deleivery 2015-12-18 13:58:17
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Puja Vasisht
You can use soy flour too. 2015-12-18 13:58:26
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Puja Vasisht
There is no scientific evidence to prove that ghee helps in normal delivery. 2015-12-18 13:59:07
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ok.thank u so much for your reply 2015-12-18 13:59:35
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I am in second trimester of my pregnancy, suffering from constipation? Please suggest something.

I am in second trimester of my pregnancy, suffering from constipation? Please suggest something.

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Puja Vasisht
Hi Priyanka, you should increase your fluid intake and fiber intake. 2015-12-18 14:03:26
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Include fluids like coconut water, , juices, soups etc. Take dals with husk, dalia, oats, ragi, rice falkes. idlis too. Take plenty of fruits & vegetables. Avoid refined cereals/ maida products. 2015-12-18 14:04:30
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Hi, should I be eating more ghee in my last trimester of pregnancy, as I have heard it helps in del....

Hi, should I be eating more ghee in my last trimester of pregnancy, as I have heard it helps in delivery

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Puja Vasisht
Hi, there is no scientific evidence to prove that ghee helps in delivery. 2015-12-18 14:05:45
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It can however be taken in very limited quantities, a spoon or so. 2015-12-18 14:06:38
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Puja Vasisht
Too much of ghee would add to calorie intake and may cause undesired weight gain in pregnancy. 2015-12-18 14:07:38
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So it can be added in moderation in dals etc, 2015-12-18 14:09:08
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Puja Vasisht
As mentioned, not more than a spoon or two in a day. 2015-12-18 14:10:08

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