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    Diet Plan During Pregnancy

    Eating well during pregnancy is more than simply increasing how much you eat. You must also consider what you eat.

    Although you need about 300 extra calories a day — especially later in your pregnancy, when your baby grows quickly — those calories should come from nutritious foods so they can contribute to your baby's growth and development.


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    Re: Diet Plan During Pregnancy

    Folic acid: Folic acid is the most vital nutrient pregnant women need. This is needed for the development of baby's nervous system, especially in the first few weeks. Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects (defects of the spine, brain, or their coverings) and other birth defects like cleft lip and congenital heart disease. By consuming at least 4 milligrams (mg) of folic acid every day before getting pregnant and during the first three months of pregnancy, you can help reduce the risk of these defects. Folic acid is found in dark-green leafy vegetables (like spinach or kale), liver, yeast, beans and citrus fruits, and in fortified cereals and bread. Folic acid is easily lost while cooking, so steam green vegetables or eat them raw.

    Iron
    : Iron is needed to fuel hemoglobin production for you and your baby. Iron also helps build bones and teeth. A shortage of iron can cause a condition called anemia. If you have anemia, your doctor will give you iron supplements to take once or twice a day. You can help prevent anemia by eating more iron-rich foods like potatoes, raisins, dates, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, whole-grain breads and iron-fortified cereals.

    Calcium
    : This is vital for the healthy development of your baby's bones and teeth, which start to form at about week eight. You will need about double the quantity of calcium than is normal. At least three servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese is essential to meet expectant mother's calcium needs. Apart from dairy products, good sources include leafy, green vegetables. Dairy products are also high in fat, so if possible choose low fat varieties such as skim milk. The recommended daily amount of calcium during pregnancy and breast feeding increases significantly from 800-1200mg.

    Protein
    : Try to eat a variety of protein rich foods, because your needs increase during pregnancy. Vitamin B6 is needed for the proper utilization of protein. Fish, meat, nuts, peas, beans and dairy foods such as milk and eggs all supply protein, but animal sources can also be high in fat, so limit your intake of these and choose lean cuts of meat whenever possible.



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    Re: Diet Plan During Pregnancy

    Vitamin C: This will help to build a strong placenta, enable your body to resist infection and aid the absorption of iron. It is found in fresh fruit and vegetables and supplies of the vitamin are needed daily because it cannot be restored in the body. A lot of vitamin C is lost by prolonged storage and cooking, so eat fresh produce and steam green vegetables or eat them raw.


    Fibre: This should form a large part of your daily diet, since constipation and piles are common in pregnancy and fiber will help prevent it. Besides rich sources like fruits and vegetables, brown rice, nuts, cereals including oats, beans, peas and pulses etc are good sources of fiber.


    Water: Water plays a key role in your diet during pregnancy. It carries the nutrients from the foods you eat to your baby, and also helps prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, excessive swelling, and urinary tract or bladder infections. Most importantly, drinking enough water, especially in your last trimester, prevents you from becoming dehydrated which can then lead you to have contractions and premature or early labor. Pregnant women should drink at least six to eight glasses of water per day. You can drink juices for fluid, but they also have a lot of calories and can cause you to gain extra weight. Coffee, soft drinks, and teas cannot count towards the total amount of fluid you need as they have caffeine which actually reduce the amount of fluid in your body.



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    Re: Diet Plan During Pregnancy

    Watch your diet closely during Pregnancy:

    • Weight gain during pregnancy should be a total of 11 kgs over the period of 9 months.
    • Make sure that you never have an inconsistent eating schedule.
    • Never skip meals. Stick to meal timings. Never stay hungry for too long.
    • Fibre content in your diet should be stepped up. Fibre is found in raw vegetables and fruits.
    • The diet ought to provide adequate calcium. Calcium is necessary for the development of healthy bones and teeth in the fetus and to provide the mother with adequate reserves during lactation. Rich sources – milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, butter, green leafy vegetables, egg, fish.
    • Iron is essential for the production of haemoglobin in the baby and to maintain an optimum level of haemoglobin and RBCs in the mother.
    • Ascertain that you take a liberal helping of the following – dates, tomato, beet, green leafy vegetables, apricot, raisins, and figs.
    • Eat good quality, biologically complete proteins –milk (3 cups), yogurt, Soya bean, pulses and legumes.
    • Drink copious amounts of water. It checks constipation and urinary tract infections. Never use artificial laxatives to cure constipation.
    • Avoid processed foods (white sugar, refined flour, canned products, soft drinks), and stimulants (tea/coffee)
    • Ensure that you visit the gynecologist every 2-3months for a routine checkup.
    • Watch your B.P.
    • Vaccination that is advisable during pregnancy is the tetanus (2 doses)



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