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Can I have Non Vegetarian Food During Pregnancy??

Can I have Non Vegetarian Food During Pregnancy??

by: Dr. Surinder Kaur Gambhir
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Pregnancy is the most demanding phase of a women’s life. The diet you take in pregnancy directly effects the health and development of the baby. Although the nutrients and supplements are enough, but most women have a question that it is safe to include non vegetarian food in the diet during pregnancy. The answer is YES!


Non Vegetarian food can benefit you:

Non vegetarian food is loaded with proteins, vitamins and minerals. It contains the haem-iron which is very easily absorbed. Consumption of a non vegetarian diet is not harmful during pregnancy at all. You can take chicken, fish, eggs. A portion of non vegetarian foods daily provides essential fatty acids to mother and hence ensures healthy growth of the fetus. Non vegetarian mums have an extra benefit over vegetarian mums. Women with autoimmune disease can take non vegetarian food, but with caution. She should take variety of foods to get balance of nutrients with non veg.

Which non vegetarian item to include in pregnancy diet ?

  • Chicken has the lowest level of fat and is rich in protein with essential amino acids and vitamins. As the fat content is low then breast protein is preferred during pregnancy. It builds up energy and metabolism.
  • Egg whites are also a rich source of protein and can be consumed every day during 9 months. It is good to have boiled, scrambled eggs. But you can take in any form, don’t take uncooked or under cooked eggs. It should be properly cooked.
  • Turkey and lamp are also good sources of nutrients received for pregnancy. Women should have veggies along with turkey. Fish is filled with omega3 fatty acids which is required for pregnant women.
  • Avoid fish with high mercury content like king mackerel, shrimp, shark, sword fish etc.
  • Pregnant women can have warm chicken soups and snacks.
  • Mutton can also be eaten but average amount, too much of meat creates heat. It should be supplemented with veggies and fruits.
  • Avoid sushi and raw eggs. Have healthy home made food.
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