Meal plan: nutritional guidelines for pregnancy|Dr. Aashima Chopra| Paras Bliss Hospital

Meal Plan: Nutritional Guidelines for Pregnancy

Meal Plan: Nutritional Guidelines for Pregnancy

It’s always important to eat a balanced diet — and it’s even more important when you’re pregnant because what you eat is the main source of nutrients for your baby. However, many women don’t get enough iron, folate, calcium, vitamin D, or protein. So when you are pregnant, it is important for you to increase the amounts of foods you eat with these nutrients.

Eating for two doesn’t mean you need to eat double the amount of food, it only means that one should take about 500 to 1000 kcal more than what she needs. Pregnant women should throughout the pregnancy only gain about 10- 12 kgs.

Get your nutrients and vitamins and minerals :

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Folic Acid

Keep a check on your Weight:

Weight gain is important during your pregnancy and something you and your doctor will monitor for nine months until you give birth.

Make smart choices:

Do not just focus on drinking milk and getting the calcium and calories but make some smart choices of including milk in your diet by adding wheat or fruits to it. Eg-  Making Fruit Custard or porridge.

You should skip on fried rice and cheese and try on some good and healthy combinations like dal chawal, khichdi etc.

Indulge in moderation:

Food cravings change with the change of semester in pregnancy. So take a slice of cake or ice cream as a side plate. This time is not to deprive yourself but it is also not a time to splurge like crazy either, so moderation should be the main concern.

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