Stepping into motherhood is something that every women dreams of at some or the other point in her life. However, for a healthy baby, diet during pregnancy assumes a great importance.
The modern lifestyles today leave women depleted of nutrients and a well balanced diet is necessary for pregnant women. And, if you have been neglecting your diet, its time a complete pregnancy diet plan be designed in consultation with the doctor.
Pregnancy comes with untimely cravings and morning sicknesses. Sometimes the nauseas may make you want to skip the meals, but remember, the baby needs every single bit of nutrients, so you can aim for small healthy snacks.
Moreover, it is imperative for expectant mothers to have a diet consisting of essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, calcium, fiber, carbohydrates and fats. In addition, adequate quantities of folic acid and water are also crucial. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads or cereals, eggs, meat, fish, milk and other diary products and protein alternatives form an indispensable part of the pregnancy diet plan.
Green vegetables (steamed or raw) are the best source of folic acid, critical for the development of the baby’s nervous system. Iron rich foods like potatoes and raisins, fuels hemoglobin in the baby. Milk and milk products provide calcium to the baby for the development of bones and teeth.
Vitamin C absorbed by fresh fruits helps building a strong placenta and immunity. Fiber foods like brown rice, nuts and cereals keep away constipation and piles. And all these nutrients wouldn’t reach your baby if you are not having enough water – water carries these nutrients to the baby, prevents dehydration, among helping to prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, urinary tract and bladder infections.
Avoid having canned and processed foods, caffeine, tea, alcoholic beverages, sugary foods and too much of salt. Variety in the diet and planned small but moderate meals will provide the body with the essential nutrients, but too much of indulgence may lead to weight gain in pregnancy. The focus is not on calories but on nutrients.
Attempting to diet for fear of weight gain post-pregnancy is not at all advised. A healthy, well balanced diet during pregnancy contributes to a successful pregnancy and promotes adequate growth and development for the baby.