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Diet mistakes during Pregnancy and how to avoid them

Diet mistakes during Pregnancy and how to avoid them

by: Dr. Shilva
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Even if you know everything about the right eating habits, exercise and other nuances of pregnancy, there are still chances that you might fall prey to some of the most common mistakes that every expectant mother makes, albeit unknowingly. Here are some of the most common mistakes that women make during pregnancy.

Eating for two: Your daily calorie requirement is between 1800 to 2000 calories. Do you really think that a tiny fetus growing inside you will need those many daily calories to grow and develop?  Stick to three portions of fruits, greens and raw vegetables, nuts and eggs for the right kind of proteins. The ideal diet includes six small balanced meals throughout the day and it is important to keep yourself hydrated.

Self-medication: Self-medication during pregnancy can have adverse affect health and baby. Avoid using over the counter medications, self-medication or undergoing harsh beauty treatments as it could lead to congenital abnormalities in your baby. Always remember you cannot self-medicate yourself at any cost during your pregnancy. Only take pills that are prescribed by your gynaecologist. In case if you have noticed that your prenatal vitamins and iron doses are making you feel nauseated or uncomfortable then talk to your doctor for a change of brand.

Lack of sleep: Pregnancy demands more rest due to the hormonal and physical changes that happen within your body. Less sleep would, in fact, add to your pregnancy fatigue. If you have been sleeping for less than five or six hours in a day, its time you sleep more. Try by going to bed an hour earlier and waking up an hour later. To fix things at home by hiring a maid or ask your family to help. Also, check if your employer will allow you to take a power nap during your breaks if not, then don’t miss out on naps during the weekends.

Not talking to your baby-bump: Pregnancy can be stressful and often leave you tired and exhausted. All this fatigue can take away attention from your baby bump unless you experience your baby’s kick. But that’s not a healthy way to be reminded about your baby. It is essential to bond with your baby bump before you the birth. Put a hand on your belly and while gently caressing it, talk to your baby. Paying attention to your baby bump helps you bond with your baby and stimulates senses too.

Deciding on healthcare hastily: Before you decide on a hospital or clinic, ask yourself what kind of birth you prefer and if your doctor and the hospital have the means to support your decision. Talk to your friends and family around and explore other healthcare options. Make appointments with the other practitioners and be firm during the discussion about why you are looking for a change.

Not joining an antenatal class:  Antenatal classes will give you all the information you might on pregnancy and childcare and prepare you for the onslaught of delivery. Pick up a class during your first trimester when things are still in the nascent stage. In this way, you will have a lot of time to learn and do the right things for you and your baby. If you have missed out then look for a crash course in an antenatal program.

Avoiding comfort foods:  If you have a sweet tooth, it’s a good practice to limit your sweet intake a little after the second trimester. Having a sweet intake can lead the chances of suffering from gestational diabetes and other allied problems so eat in moderation. The same would be applicable for spicy and fried foods too. If you are not sure that you can stop at one kajukatlior few pakoras, ask your husband, mother or a friend to sit with you and monitor your intake of craving food. Stop when they signal you.

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