What to eat during pregnancy
Arpana Shah February 09, 2018
What a woman has to eat and drink during pregnancy for her baby's nourishment.So come and read what experts suggested for an expecting mother for the growth and development of her baby.What are the important nutrients for a pregnant woman?
A pregnant lady needs more calcium, iron.folic acid and protein according to a woman who is not expecting.Here is the reason why these four nutrients are the main source of nourishment for her baby during pregnancy.
also known as folate, B vitamin that is crucial in helping to prevent by birth defective baby's brain and spinal cord, known as neural tube defect.Folic acid also works as Superhero for pregnant women.A woman needs 400 micrograms of Folic acid before 1 month of pregnancy and 600 micrograms of Folic acid after pregnancy.Leafy green vegetables. enriched cereals, slices of bread, citrus fruits and beans are rich in folic acids.
It is must for a pregnant lady to build the bones and jaws of a baby. According to research and study if a pregnant woman does not take enough calcium, then this will be drawn from the mother's stores in her bones and shared with the baby.Many dairy products are also enriched in Vitamin D and many other nutrients that work with calcium to develop baby's bone.
Pregnant women age 19 and above need 1000milligrams of calcium per day and Pregnant girls who are in the teenage of 14 to 18 need 1300 milligrams daily.Milk, yoghurt, cheese, juices are enriched source of calcium.
Pregnant lady needs 30 milligrams of iron per day, which is exactly double the amount needed by women who are not expecting.Consuming little amount of Iron leads or causes Anemia.
The additional amount of minerals are needed to make more blood to supply the baby with oxygen.Experts recommend that to increase the absorption of Iron, include a good source of Vitamin C in food at the same time when eating iron-rich foods.
Spinach, apricots, walnuts, beans, raisins, egg yolks, meat, fortified cereals & grains are the best source of Iron.
More protein is required during pregnancy.Generally, a woman does not have any issue in getting enough protein-rich food in their diets.Proteins are the builder nutrients because it helps to build important organs of the baby's body, such as brain and heart.
Eggs, Almonds, chicken breast, oats, cottage cheese, Yogurt, Milk, Broccoli, are the main source of Proteins.
What to eat during pregnancy affects your energy and well-being and if you'll not take your diet completely you'll feel tired & sick.It may also directly affect the health and development of your baby.
Since calorie and nutrient needs are increased in pregnancy because mother and baby both need calorie and nutrients, it is very important that you choose nutrient-dense, healthy foods.
Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal, but it is also important to gain it in a healthy way. This'll benefits you, your baby and at the time of pregnancy maturity and your health after the pregnancy.
This list should be a good start towards a healthy, well-nourished pregnancy.