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Friday, 30 December 2011

Pregnancy Diet Menu

Usually, a woman goes through different experiences in her life and the one of the best experiences of her entire life is pregnancy and becoming a mother. This is the time when she requires special mother care and attention from her husband and her family. Apart from the medications doctors suggests maintaining a healthy eating habit during pregnancy. Mother needs to follow a healthy diet menu during pregnancy and after pregnancy. This healthy eating will not only produce positive effects on mother’s health but, also will improve the development process of the baby.

Even though, during the initial months of the pregnancy women suffer from nausea and vomiting and it is very hard for her to intake appropriate amount of the food during pregnancy, but, still the doctors recommend to maintain a good healthy eating schedule that contains sufficient amount of the vitamins and proteins. A proper amount of the nutrients is vital for mental and visual growth of the baby and to improve entire process during pregnancy. 

These healthy eating habits need to be followed even after pregnancy, especially for breast feeding mothers.

Choosing the right diet:

A perfect during pregnancy healthy eating menu is one that can help you to maintain your weight and also satisfy your craving during the pregnancy. 

It is normal that most of the women gain around 10 to 12 kg of weight during their pregnancy. So, following are the tips to maintain a healthy diet plan.

·        Nutrients: Different kinds of food should be taken during pregnancy to make sure that all types of nutrients are supplied to the body. According to the doctors, your diet plan should include, grains, breads, vegetables, enough fruits, dairy products, and resources of protein such as, fish, meat, poultry, eggs, etc. in addition, sweets and fats can be taken at times. You may be suffer from nausea and vomiting, so try to take small quantity of food several times a day.

·     Fibers: Foods like rice, cereals, whole-grain breads, pasta, fruits and vegetables should be taken, because they contain high fibers that ensure proper mother care during pregnancy.

·        Calcium and iron: Dairy foods should be added in your pregnancy diet menu as they contain calcium and iron essential for both baby and the mother health.

·      Minerals and vitamins: consult your doctor for a perfect food supplement that provides an appropriate amount of minerals and vitamins to your body. The lost nutrients in breast feeding can be replenished using such supplement after pregnancy.

·     Vitamin C: 70mg of vitamin c is essential for every pregnant woman. So, a good source of vitamin c should be included in your diet plan like oranges, honeydew, papaya, grapefruits, strawberries, green peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes and mustard greens

·       Vitamin A: The good sources of vitamin A are carrots, apricots, pumpkins, turnip greens and sweet potatoes etc. It is better to include them in your diet plan to fulfill your daily needs of vitamin A.

·      Folic acid: Approximately 0.4 mg folic acid is required on daily basis to prevent neutral tube defects, and the folic acid is present in green leafy vegetables and legumes, so, it is good to have them in your pregnancy diet menu.


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