What to eat when you are expecting?
‘Eating for two’ is the most commonly heard phrase when discussing eating during pregnancy. Expectant mothers double the quantity of food they consume during these nine months, which often exceeds the required quantity. An average woman does not need any extra calories during the first six months. However, it is important to have balanced and nutritious meals, which contain all the important food groups. It is important to consult a doctor about your diet if you are a strict vegetation or suffer from health conditions like anemia or gestational diabetes.
Pregnant Women Can Follow These Actionable Steps
- Drink plenty of fluids both in the form of water and fresh juices
- Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks completely
- Vegetables will provide minerals, fiber and vitamins to your diet
- Meats, fish and poultry are good sources of protein
- Cereals, whole grains, daals, pulses and nuts are must for vegetarians, as they provide the best source of protein
- Avoid frozen and left-over food as they may contain harmful bacteria
- Eat foods that are rich in iron like spinach and other green leafy vegetables
- Folic acid is extremely important during pregnancy. Ensure that your doctor has prescribed you a course of folic acid supplements during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy
- While it is important to eat sensibly, do give into your pregnancy cravings from time to time!