Pregnancy is a wonderful phase in a couple’s life. Eating right during pregnancy is extremely important for the health of both, the mom and the baby. Eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet can help the growing baby develop and keep the mom-to-be fit and well.1 But you might have many questions with regards to the ideal pregnancy diet. What to eat? How much to eat? And most importantly, what not to eat? Here’s a guide to help you.
Eating Right During Pregnancy:
According to health experts, a pregnant woman should gain 10-12 kgs during pregnancy.2
A special diet is not needed during pregnancy1, Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby develop and grow and will help to keep you fit and well. You don’t need to go on a special diet, but make sure that you eat a variety of different foods every day in order to get the right balance of nutrients that you and your baby would need.1
Foods to Avoid
There are some foods that are best avoided during pregnancy as they could make you ill and harm your baby.1 Experts advise washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove all traces of soil.1
More than 200mg coffee should be avoided. That means, not more than one bar of plain chocolate and one mug of filter coffee OR two mugs of tea and one can of cola OR one can of energy drink can be had in a day.1
Important vitamins and minerals
Eating a varied diet will help you get all the vitamins and minerals you need while pregnant.1
A healthy diet and lifestyle during pregnancy can give your baby a right start in life.1 After delivery, vaccination is one of the good ways parents can protect infants from potentially harmful diseases that can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be life threatening.6
1. The pregnancy book. London, UK: Department of Health, NHS;2009. [Internet] Available at: https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pregnancy_Book_comp.pdf. Accessed on: 01.03.21
2. Dietary Guidelines for Indians, Available at: https://www.nin.res.in/downloads/DietaryGuidelinesforNINwebsite.pdf Accessed on: 01.03.21
3. Pneumococcal Vaccination | What You Should Know | CDC, Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pneumo/public/index.html Accessed on: 01.03.21
4. Pneumococcal Disease | Types of Infection | CDC [Internet]. Cdc.gov. 2021 [cited 23 March 2021]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/about/infection-types.html
5. Pneumococcal Disease |Risk Factors and Transmission | CDC, Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/pneumococcal/about/risk-transmission.html Accessed on 16.03.21
6. Recommended Vaccines by Age | CDC, Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/vaccines-age.html# Accessed on: 01.03.21
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