Author: Renu Puri
Giving birth to a child is considered holy and divine. The entire journey from conception to the delivery of the child is one of the most exciting and memorable times in a woman's life. But for this joyful venture, a certain amount of due care is required by the pregnant lady as well as her family. Otherwise, pregnancy can become complex which can be dangerous too.
Women who are pregnant should take full care of their physical as well as mental health. It is a stressful phase and accordingly, there shall be an increase in the nutrition intake.
Making healthy food choices every single day will adequately cater to the needs of the baby in the womb.
Factors that need to be considered during pregnancy
During pregnancy of a woman, the body goes through a lot of physiological, emotional, and physical changes. These changes take place as per the demands of the growing foetus.
A pregnant woman should take in extra calories and other specific nutrients so that she could fulfil the requirement of the growing foetus. The diet she takes should be made according to her BMI, age, health, etc.
The mother should take care of what she’s eating and how much she’s eating. Too much eating can lead to weight gain and on the contrary, if no proper diet is followed at the time of pregnancy it can lead to malformation of the baby and cause severe diseases.
Some of the important nutrients and their sources:
A routine that can be followed at the time of pregnancy
1. A pregnant woman should have a balanced diet.
2. Drinking 2L of water and fibre helps in avoiding constipation.
3. A minimum amount of exercise is important.
4. Small meals at frequent intervals of time.
5. Keep a check on her weight.
6. Easily digestible food is preferred more
7. Foods that help avoid morning sickness.
Ideal diet plan
RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances)
Energy – 2580
Protein - 78g
Important nutrients–Iron, Calcium, Vitamin-A
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