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Pregnancy is an important period for mother and unborn baby. This is the time that you need to take more care of your health and diet for your baby. You need to make sure that you are taking sufficient vitamins and nutrients for growth of your baby. Diet with fresh fruits and green vegetables are always recommended as healthy diet.
Frequently asked questions for diet of Pregnant Woman
While you are pregnant, you do not eat for two people said by elderly relative. Your baby gets food from the umbilical cord; therefore, you need good nutrients in your diet for healthy growth of your baby. If you take foods without any vitamins, it impacts on your baby’s health. Make healthy diet plan under guidance of your doctor by considering your physical strength.
You just need to eat healthy meal that includes green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits with fiber, food that contains proteins, folic acid, dairy products without fat, eggs and starchy food, etc. Breakup of total calories: 10% of calories should be from protein, 35% calories from dairy products, 55% from carbohydrates and whole grains.
Generally 10 kg to 12 kg is ideal weight gain during pregnancy.
From 1 to 12 week: 1-2 Kg,
12 to 28 week: 300- 400 gram per week
28 to 40 week: 3 Kg
It is very essential to maintain weight during pregnancy. Overweight or underweight can harm your baby’s health. Therefore, it is recommended to balance your diet and keep yourself perfect fit.
Pregnant woman need 2500 calories per day. Generally woman [not pregnant] needs 2100 calories per day.
Folic acid, iron and calcium are most essential for pregnant woman. Folic acid is very essential from first day of your pregnancy. Folic acid helps nervous system and prevent neural tube defects of your baby. Green leafy vegetables, fruits with fibers and whole grain are good source of folic acid. Iron is also essential to supply nutrition to placenta. If you are taking iron supplements, you should take care to prevent from constipation. For growth of the embryo, zinc and calcium are very essential.