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Healthy eating leads to healthy Pregnancy

Updated: May 14, 2018

Yo mamas to be! as promised, in my weekly Friday fitness mantra I will cover the diet to be followed during pregnancy.

Disclaimer again: I am not a doctor but a mom who adopted healthy lifestyle and happy to share my knowledge with you.

Ever mom to be is extremely anxious about pregnancy nutrition however with right nourishment one can get started on a path of healthy pregnancy. A well-planned pregnancy diet helps in avoiding complications such as morning sickness, fatigue, anaemia, and constipation. The healthy diet must continue after pregnancy too which would enable to breastfeed the baby well.

So, what needs to be kept in mind while following a healthy diet?

A diet containing essential nutrients and vitamins are vital for the development of both mother and child. That’s why choosing foods that are rich in vitamins and other nutrients are a critical part of a healthy pregnancy nutrition plan

What are the super food that one should have during pregnancy?

The pregnancy diet should include plenty of complex and unrefined carbohydrates as they contain important vitamins, trace minerals, and fiber that are essential for a fit healthy pregnancy

Appropriate quantities of yellow and green leafy vegetables are vital for the growth of the baby and the health of the mother

Dairy products containing calcium will assist in the development of baby's teeth and bones. So don’t forget to include calcium in the diet as the body draws calcium from the bones if the diet isn’t rich in calcium

Vitamin C in generous amounts is crucial to a healthy pregnancy, bone growth, and various metabolic processes. Including berries, citrus fruits, raw broccoli and cabbage can help provide you with the Vitamin C that you need.

Ideally, your pregnancy diet should include 3-4 servings of protein and meat, 2-4 servings of fruit, 6-11 servings of grains, 4-6 servings of dairy products, and 6-8 glasses of water, milk, and juice. A pregnant mother must follow a healthy diet that will not only benefit the developing baby but also maintain her general health as well

The one thing that should be kept in mind is to avoid excessive amounts of fat must as it will only serve to add excess pounds, which will be hard to lose after the birth of your baby

Any other diet tips ladies which I might have missed. Do comment if you have any suggestions or you would like me to cover similar topics?

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