An expecting mom’s diet needs to be balanced and nutritious for a healthy pregnancy. This involves an appropriate balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, a wide variety of vegetables and fruits. A healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy ensures giving birth to a healthy child.
A healthy diet during pregnancy contains much of the same balance of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as a healthy diet in general. The difference is that you need higher amounts.
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Pregnant women need to consume an additional 300 to 350 calories over their normal intake requirements. Avoid dieting and the urge to binge eat during pregnancy. The key to a well-balanced diet is ‘moderation’.
Consume complex carbohydrates, like:
Do not consume excess of simple carbohydrates, like:
Folic acid is an important vitamin that stimulates red blood cell formation and the production of important chemical signals in the nervous system. Folic acid has been identified as a critical vitamin to prevent neural tube defects in your baby, such as spina bifida.
Vitamin B-5 is involved in many of the body’s regulatory and metabolic activities. The average person intake is about 4 to 7 milligrams.
This vitamin is important for fetal development and growth.
Thiamine is important for the metabolism and development of the brain, nervous system, and heart.
Vitamin A is critical for proper cell growth and the development of the eyes, skin, and blood, as well as immunity and resistance to infection.
Vitamin B-6 is important for your body’s metabolism and for the development of the fetal brain and nervous systems.
You should consume iron-rich foods daily.
For iron absorption, you need to consume Vitamin C daily in natural foods.
Essential fatty acids are important, including omega-3 fatty acids.
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These foods provide the right types of fats for your baby’s brain and eyesight development.
Consume salty foods in moderation.
Fluids are an important part of a healthy diet. You should consume at least 2 litres, or eight glasses, per day. Water also reduces constipation and the chances of haemorrhoids.
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Keep in mind that a complete well balance diet along with a prenatal vitamin should have a balance of the nutrients that you need, and taking additional supplements may give you more than the recommended daily dosing in total.
Connect with Cloudnine’s nutritionists and doctors via teleconsultation and they’ll guide you through the kind of diet you should follow along with proper amounts of minerals and vitamins you should be consuming considering your pregnancy stage.