5 Food To Eat For Better Pregnancy And Birth
Pregnant??? Hungry???Craving for junkies???. Eating junkies are always fascinating when you are pregnant. But when you are pregnant, a balanced diet is must. You must eat all those nutritious foods that are going to make you and your baby happy for the long term. What you eat not only will be affecting your health but also your baby’s growth. Eating healthy food helps you in many ways and also impacts your labor.
So when I talk about nutritious food , I mean all those fruits and vegetables that are rich in protein, vitamins ,minerals, healthy fats, carbs, fibers etc. This blog is a one-stop shop for all the preggers who want to stay fit and healthy and have a healthy child
So here I am listing 5 super nutritious food You must eat for better pregnancy
- Legumes : During pregnancy your body needs a high amount of protein , fiber and vitamin B to prevent any kind of defect in the baby. Legumes are rich in folic acid, also called folate (vitamin B9) , fiber , proteins , iron and calcium. All of which are important in the first trimester, especially vitamin B9. Legumes like lentils, peas, beans, soybeans, peanuts are rich sources of folic acid that can be consumed with any supplements to fulfill 600-700 micro grams of dose required during pregnancy.
- Lean meat and Proteins : For non vegans , lean meats like beef , pork, chicken can be a good source of iron and protein. Iron is essential in the third trimester as it is used by RBC as a part of haemoglobin. The haem in haemoglobin is iron itself. So if you have iron deficits , you will have complications during pregnancy like iron deficiency anemia or low birth weight . In vegan mother’s iron supplements are given with meals to maintain the iron level in the body. Eggs can also be included in your diet for high quality fat, protein , vitamins and minerals.
- Salmon : For seafood eaters, salmons are the best source of omega-3-fatty acids and vitamin D. 500mg of omega-3-fatty acids are recommended for preggers that benefits the body and brain of both mother and child. Vitamin D helps in proper bone growth and immune functions. Sunlight is also a good source of Vitamin D. Certain fishes are to be avoided during pregnancy which have high mercury content. Sushi and raw fish should not be consumed during pregnancy.
- Broccoli and leafy greens : Spinach, broccoli and dark leafy vegetables are nutritious and are a rich source of all kinds of vitamins and minerals , calcium, iron , fibers etc. They have many benefits including maintaining bowel movement to decreasing chances of low weight birth.
Not only these, you can also add on sweet potatoes, dried fruits, berries, avocados, fish liver oil, whole grains, raspberry leaves in your diet. But first and foremost STAY HYDRATED! Pregnancy is a beautiful and memorable experience but it is not that comfortable. Having a proper diet and staying hydrated will not only reduce your complications but also help your baby stay fit and fine after the birth. So choose your diet wisely!! Dr Chetna Jain is the best gynecologist in Gurgaon, fix your appointment now for a happy pregnancy.