Pregnant women should give careful consideration to their food as the meal they take should benefit the baby as well. There is also strong association of food with healthy baby delivery. Balance diet gives sufficient amount of nutrients that are necessary for keeping your body sturdy as well as make baby healthy and active. That is why it becomes necessary that pregnant women should consume meals that are adequate in providing sufficient amount of calories.
Moreover, you can significantly reduce the delivery charges if you take care of your health. In Chandigarh, it is observed that health and condition of the mother is significantly related to the chance of normal delivery. Hence, you should pay utmost importance to your diet otherwise it can cost not only in terms of finances but also in terms of you as a Mother and your child’s well being.
The meal should contain right amount of good fats, carbohydrates, protein, minerals and other important nutrients. A pregnant woman can choose variety of foods to enjoy tasty meal without compromising on nutrient counts. You can read here https://healinghospital.co.in/maintaining-a-healthy-weight-during-pregnancy-5-simple-steps/ about the ways through which you can maintain healthy weight during pregnancy.
Here are the best food options that can help you in fulfilling your tastes buds, bodily needs as well to enjoy amazing pregnancy experience –
Fresh fruits and canned fruits – When it comes to good diet then fruits are amazing source of nutrients as well as taste. A woman should opt for the fresh fruits (canned in case fresh fruits are unavailable) at least 4 servings in a single day. There are variety of fruits that pregnant woman can choose starting from banana, apple, orange, berries, guava etc. that can serve the purpose, perfectly. Make sure to add citrus fruit (grapefruits,
oranges, tangerines etc.) as they are rich in Vitamin C. You can enjoy 100% fruit juice but we prefer that you should have whole fruit as that reduces sugar quantity of fruits and add fibre that is necessary for healthy stomach. You can also opt for the dry fruits (almonds, walnuts, pistachio etc.) as they are high in calories, good fats, protein and other vital nutrients. They are also the best solutions when it comes to managing mood swings in pregnancy.
Read our post on mood swings during pregnancy here: https://healinghospital.co.in/understanding-mood-swings-during-pregnancy-5-faqs/
Never ignore the Veggies – You can cover great range of nutrients simply by adding vegetables in your food. If you don’t like veggies then think about the colourful options such as carrots, broccoli, capsicums, spinach, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and red peppers etc. and make a plate of colourful veggies. You need at least 1 cup of vegetables (4 times a day) to fulfil true requirement of your body. Make sure to add leafy veggies such as lettuce, spinach etc. that contain high amount of iron. You can enjoy vegetables in cooked or raw form depending on your taste.
Dairy products are also necessary – Dairy products contains high amount of protein, calcium and other nutrients that are necessary for keeping your bones strong and forming healthy baby bones. You can enjoy milk, cheese or yogurt 3 times a day for having sufficient nutrients necessary for both mother and child. Our advice is that you should opt for low-fat dairy products to save calories and avoiding saturated fat. Soya products are also
a great option for fulfilling dairy needs.
High amount of protein – If you are vegetarian then you can opt for pulses, kidney beans, nuts, seeds, peanuts etc. for enjoying good dose of protein. If you are non-vegetarian then there are plethora of options such as fish, eggs, mutton, chicken and other meats along with above given options. You need to have 3 to 4 servings of protein every day during pregnancy.
Use whole grains – It requires minimum 3 and maximum 6 servings of whole grains to enjoy balance diet. You can add whole grain bread, cereals, pasta, crackers etc. to give your body sufficient amount of fibre which is necessary to maintain proper digestion and bowel function especially in high risk pregnancy. It also helps in fighting constipation.
Apart from this, we are providing you the general diet tips that you should follow during the pregnancy so that both mother and the baby thrive!
- Make sure that you have adequate intake of Folic acid, iron, calcium, zinc and fibre. You can know about the exact amount and food guidance from our diet expert by clicking here: https://healinghospital.co.in/mother-and-child-care-hospital-in-chandigarh/
- Eat all the variety of food items that are available to you so that you make your baby also accustomed to it. After all, your little delight tastes everything you eat through the amniotic fluid.
- Choose organic or locally grown food items so that you can limit the chemical intake.
- Food rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like Flaxseeds, walnuts are essential for the brain development of the baby in the early period of pregnancy should certainly be part of your diet.
- Say ‘NO’ to refined carbs like white bread, sweets, sodas etc. and also to alcohol.
- Don’t remain hungry for more than two to three hours
- Drink lot of water to stay hydrated.
- Limit the caffeine intake in terms of tea, coffee.
It is high time that you start taking care of your diet and nutrition if you have already conceived or want to conceive. The good thing is that now at our hospital in Chandigarh we are offering full time dietician to help you make the healthiest choices and best diet plan for your pregnancy. Click here: https://healing2.tarefadesigning.com/mother-and-child-care-hospital-in-chandigarh/ to know more about our baby delivery packages that includes consultation with dietician as well.
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