Tips For Diet In Pregnancy
Updated: Jan 5
- By Dr Madhu Goel, a renowned Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologists' and Associate Director at Fortis La Femme
Eat small frequent regular meals. This will prevent acidity and heartburn. Do not skip a meal.
RAINBOW DIET – The key to a good diet in pregnancy is variation in foodstuff. The variation will make sure that you get the required nutrients in your diet.
Plenty of water – This prevents urine infection and constipation. It keeps the body hydrated
Remember in the first 3 months no extra calories are required. So do not overeat. Nausea and vomiting are common in this period. Natural foods like ginger will help.
Your diet should have plenty of fiber. You should eat fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. You can add choker and soybean atta to your roti flour.
Avoid colas, excessive tea, coffee and carbonated drinks in pregnancy and breastfeeding period.
No alcohol in pregnancy. Alcohol harms the baby and may cause birth defects in the baby.
Avoid raw or lightly cooked eggs, pre-packed meats, and soft cheeses.
Eat high-quality protein and complex carbohydrates.
Eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.
Choose healthy snacks and drinks during pregnancy.
Try to eat freshly prepared veggies. Reheating reduces the nutrition content of the food
Remember the food should be nutritious and easily digestible
You should avoid eating fast food in pregnancy as it is high in calories but devoid of nutrition.
The food should be hygienically prepared and hence home cooked food is the best.