In pregnancy, the health of mother and baby is most important. Pregnancy nutrition not only plays an important role in development of fetus, but also maintaining health of the mother. We often hear many women saying that during pregnancy they can gorge on food as they have to eat for two.
Well the fact is that during pregnancy appetite of the mother does increases, but it is more important to know what one should “eat carefully” rather than indulge in “overeating”. This is the time to increase vigilance and understand effect of woman’s food intake on health of the baby.
Pregnancy nutrition follows the same principles of healthy diet.
Following are some of the food items that one should include in their pregnancy diet plan:
Fruits & vegetables : One should choose four or more servings of fresh fruits and salads intake. They are critical as fruits and vegetables are rich source of various fiber, minerals and vitamins essential for fetus growth. Such as vitamin C helps in absorption of iron in the body. Keep intake of high fat and oily food intake to minimum.
Dairy products : One may go for three to four servings of dairy products such as milk and yogurt. This will fulfill your requirement of vitamin D, calcium protein, fiber and other necessary vitamins and minerals. The low fat mozzarella sticks are filled with calcium and protein.
Poultry and fish : Protein is essential for development of fetus and poultry, meat and fish have plenty of it along with vitamins and iron. One may choose for one or two of protein rich food items in a day. Try to avoid fish with high mercury content.
Raisins : Make good early pregnancy diet. Raisins are rich in fiber, iron and protein.
Water intake : Water plays an important role in pregnancy as it carries the nutrients from the food you eat to the baby. One should not reduce the water intake as it may cause problem in pregnancy like early labor. Water helps to prevent constipation, gastric problems, excessive swelling and urinary tract infections.