15 Sep 2022 | 2 min Read
Dr Gauri Karandikar
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When planning a pregnancy or while a woman is pregnant, she is always worried about her diet. She’s always curious to know which foods can make her baby fair, intelligent, smart, and so on.
The answer to this curiosity is your overall diet during the pregnancy and your weight gain. These two paraments decide the health of your baby, the weight of your baby, the type of delivery, and also your weight loss journey post-childbirth. Weight gain during pregnancy depends majorly on your body mass ratio (BMI). A woman with BMI within the normal range: 10-11kgs, BMI lesser than the normal range: 15-16kgs, and BMI higher than the normal range: 5-6kgs of weight gain is adequate.
While planning your diet it’s important to have a balance of all the nutrients. Make sure you include foods that are rich in proteins, vitamins, iron, and calcium in your daily meals. These vital nutrients support the growth of the fetus, bone health, skin health, adequate oxygen supply to the fetus, and overall development. Some of the foods that a good to include in a pregnancy diet are, eggs, milk, yogurt, sprouts, green leafy vegetables, dates, red-looking fruits (a rich source of iron), nuts, seeds, etc.
In addition to this, fiber-rich foods are extremely important to add to your daily diet to prevent and manage constipation which is a common condition experienced during pregnancy. Along with fiber-rich food, a good water intake is also essential to manage constipation as well as improve your skin health, and digestion, and prevent dehydration.
Also, It’s seen that most women are unable to eat enough due to nausea and vomiting caused by morning sickness during the first trimester. One important thing to remember during this time is to avoid eating forcefully and avoiding cooked foods as they can act as triggers to nausea. Instead, prefer having healthy foods that you may like such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, dates, etc to meet the nutrient requirement.
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