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Tips For Diet In Pregnancy

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

- 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.

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