Eating healthy and a rightly balanced diet during pregnancy are critical to your baby’s development and growth. You require essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals and to achieve this; you must include a variety of food groups in your daily diet , including vegetables and fruits, grains, breads, dairy products and protein sources. Usually, you will need to consume an extra 300 calories a day. Hence we encourage refining and modifying your eating habits during pregnancy to make sure you are receiving sufficient nutrition for the health of you and your baby.
Avoid dieting during pregnancy:
To lose weight during pregnancy, dieting can be dangerous to you and your baby, especially since a weight loss program may restrict important nutrients such as folic acid, iron, and other essential minerals and vitamins. Hence, strictly avoid popular diets such as Raw food diet, Atkins diet, The Zone etc.
Obese women are at risk of developing complications:
Women who are obese during pregnancy have a greater risk of gestational diabetes, pre-mature delivery, high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia. For the baby, maternal obesity is a risk factor for childhood obesity. Therefore, by controlling calories women are safe and protected from a number of pregnancy related complications.
Obesity & its increasing incidence in women:
Obesity is increasing among women of childbearing age. It’s estimated that as many as 40 per cent of women exceed the recommended weight gain during pregnancy. Going by these statistics, it’s important to help these women to manage their rate of weight gain during pregnancy.
If you’re concerned about gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy, consult with a clinical dietician and nutritionist who can prescribe customized diet plan to meet your required calorie needs.