All your pregnancy
DIET WHEN YOU ARE PREGNANT
Eating well during pregnancy may not always be easy, but
prenatal nutrition is serious business. It's necessary for your baby's growth,
proper brain development, reduced risk of birth defects and a strong immune
system. Since it's not how much but what you eat that makes the difference,
here's how the Healthy Pregnancy Diet can help:
You do NOT need to ‘eat for
It's important to get enough vitamins, minerals, folic
acid and fiber in your diet when you're pregnant. Your doctor will start
supplements in pregnancy, Folic acid for preconception and upto 12 weeks and
later iron and calcium supplements till and after your delivery
Calcium is needed (especially in the last three months
of pregnancy as well as till you stop feeding your baby) for proper bone
formation in the baby, as well as to help preserve strength in the mother's
bones. This will be obtained from the supplements as well as milk and milk
products such as curds, cheese, paneer etc.
What to avoid?
eat any shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish (also called golden or
white snapper) because these fish have high levels of mercury.
Raw meat/raw eggs-may lead to food poisoning
Reduce liver-it contains high levels of Vitamin A which
may not be good for your baby
Artificial sweeteners, although declared safe is better
avoided. This includes products such as diet colas.