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Proper nourishment and suitable diet during pregnancy is crucial in making a healthy baby. Get clear of junk food and take items embedded of essential nutrients like iron, calcium, iodine, vitamins, mineral and fibres. Fish, meat, fruits and vegetables, cereals and dairy products will provide such nutrients which play an important role in the development of the baby.

Pregnancy Positive!

Now that you are pregnant, the most important thing to do is to take care of yourself and the baby. You will naturally be the centre of dialogues everywhere and will get a lot of advice. So many people will be willing to tell you what to eat, how to eat when to eat and so forth. On top of your doctor, family and friends instructing you, even complete strangers will be your guide. However, finally it is going to be you on whom your health and the baby’s, totally depends on.

Prenatal Health Care is extremely essential so take regular appointments with your doctor. Meanwhile at home, you should eat healthy.

Eating Habits

Now that you eat both for yourself and the baby, you need to take some extra calorie. Then again it does not mean that you eat yourself to death. Quality triumphs over quantity. The extra weight you put on during pregnancy is okay as long as it’s not too much. Obesity sometimes leads to premature delivery. Eat at an interval of 4 hours. A pregnant woman needs 300 extra calories per day.

Cut on the Junk Food.

Junk food has unnecessarily high calorific value with little or no nutritional effect. They also contain unhealthy fats which will make you obese. Stay away from spicy and acidic junk.

Try snacking on dry fruits instead.

Food you need from various food groups

  • Milk and Dairy Products
    • Skimmed milk
    • Yogurt/curd
    • Calcium, protein and vitamin B-12 rich food
  • Vegetables and Fruit
    • They are rich in vitamin, mineral and fibre which are essential for the developing baby.
    • You should also take extra supplements for vitamins and mineral for your body
  • Fish. Poultry.
    • Provide the necessary proteins. However, look out for adulterated products which might contain elements like Mercury which is injurious to the baby.
    • Seafood intake also improves the iodine content in the body so make sure to get some of those for the development of the baby.
  • Fluids
    • Drink lots and lots of water and juices even if that means regular tiring visits to the bathroom hauling your hugeness along with! Make sure you carry your own water when you get out of your house. This will ensure safety from water-borne diseases during this delicate period.
    • Drink fresh fruit juices regularly, morning and evening. Stay away from high sugar content juices and enjoy a glass full whenever you can.
    • Do not touch alcoholic drinks.

  • Drink maple syrup. They are a great source of iron and calcium.
  • Ghee. Oils.

A calculated amount of oil content is necessary in the diet of a pregnant woman. Be sure not to miss out on regular fats.

  • Folic acid
    • Breakfast cereals: grains with folic acid
    • Bread, rice and pasta
    • Folic acid is most important during the first month of pregnancy. It intake reduces neural tube defect in the growing child.

Watch out for Food Poisoning.

  • Wash your hands before and after preparing food.
  • Cook meat to above 170 degree F always.
  • Avoid eating raw eggs, for example in salads.

Keep your immunity system strong.

  • Try not to be sick.
  • Take natural remedies for common diseases like cold, cough etc.

Throughout pregnancy, taking a step further to pocket a little extra care for you never hurts. Keep healthy food habits to ensure your baby to be as healthy as possible, even years after her birth.


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