Are you expecting a baby? Well this is one of the most exciting periods in womanhood. It will be wonderful to feel a new life within you. You are now promoted to a responsible post; the post of a mother. You should start caring for your baby from the very moment you realize its impulse within you.
If you don’t have the habit of taking a balanced diet or controlling calories to maintain your fitness then its time to change your habits. But it’s a pleasure for all mothers to compromise their likes for the well being of their baby, right? Then start with a complete balanced diet from the first month itself.
This doesn’t mean that you have to keep a menu; many women have a misconception that you have to eat for two. Actually you need not double your food habits. You should patronize it such that your baby is supplemented with all nutrients to grow healthy. Usually a pregnant woman increases her weight from 8-15 kg. This is not actually the body weight; this is the weight of your baby along with fluids and placenta which will reduce on delivery.
The primary thing to be noticed is that to drink lots of water. You can also take juicy fruits that supplement you with water contents. This will give your baby a clean and moisturized skin. It is a must that you should include fresh and raw vegetables as well as fruits in abundance in your diet. Having leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, etc will supplement you with folic acids. It is very essential for the development of the kid’s nervous system.
You should atleast take four balanced meals a day. You may not feel hungry at times, but your little one might be hungry inside. You can fill hourly gaps with fruits. You can have cashews and pistha nuts, but taking too much of cashews can create hormonal problems. The hormonal activities will be different during the time of pregnancy. It may also add to excess weight of kid causing complications during the time of delivery.
Include lots of pulses and cereals in your pregnancy diet; this will make your baby’s bones strong enough. Eggs, fish and meat should also be taken in right quantity. Iron content in your diet will improve the hemoglobin contents in your body. This is necessary for your health after delivery and for the better blood circulation of your kid also. Foods like potato, raisins, dates etc are rich in iron. But never have dates beyond a limit, over consumption of dates can even lead to miscarrying.
Calcium is another very important part of a pregnancy diet. You should double the intake of calcium content food during the time of carrying. This is essential for the bones, teeth and muscles of your child. It is said that a lady losses three fourth of the calcium content from her body after the delivery. Hence you should drink atleast two glasses of milk a day. You can also increase the intake of all kind of diary products.
It is not the quantity of the food that matters but the quality. It is always advisable to consult a nutritionist before fixing your diet. Most of the gynecologists provide you with a pregnancy diet chart, which tells about the food to be taken during each week of pregnancy.
Sonya Ivanova currently works as a nutrition consultant and she recommends eating only organic foods during your pregnancy (interesting to know is that the Danish term is Gravid). She recommends using only legitimate sources for pregnancy advice such as BBC.