Diet In Pregnancy

The period when a female bear the child in her womb is crucial. The nourishment during this time is important not just for the mother but also for the baby. Experts have stated that a pregnant woman needs more protein, iron, calcium and folic acid. A pregnant woman should consult a specialist to confirm whether she is consuming a healthy and rich diet or not. She must stick to eating healthy food. During pregnancy, the number of nutrients needed is higher.

Diet In Pregnancy

If you have just conceived and have started feeling low on energy, you immediately need a balanced diet plan. Consult a doctor or a dietician at Dr. Smiti Women’s Clinic. Our experts understand the body's nutritional needs. She will suggest a balanced diet for the pregnant female. Our healthcare establishment is to support a pregnant female throughout her journey. From the very beginning, consultation for a healthy diet is important. You must not ignore its relevance and find the best solution.

Folic acid is a Vitamin B. A female would need more of Folic Acid to prevent any neural tube defects. These defects may be observed in organs like the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

A female would need around 400 micrograms of folic acid per day which is usually started 3 months before she conceives and then it is continues during pregnancy

You must meet our expert gynecologist in this regard. She will ask you to include fortified or enriched cereals, citrus fruits, beans, and leafy green vegetables.

A few foods items are asked to avoid as they are bad for the health of the baby. The obstetrician at our clinic will ask to avoid a few types of food and beverages. According to her, a pregnant female must not eat:

1. Undercooked or raw fish/Meat
2. Alcohol.
3. Raw Eggs.
4. Caffeine.
5. Cheese and unpasteurized milk.
6. Uncooked and organ Meat

A healthy diet during pregnancy is essential for the brain development of the fetus. If a mother eats healthy, there are chances that the child will have a healthy birth weight. The enriched diet will save a child from being born with anemia and birth defects.

On the same hand, a mother can be free from feelings of fatigue and morning sickness.

Vitamin D is needed for proper development of bones and teeth in the fetus. It also helps to have perfect eyesight and healthy skin.

For vegetarians, exposure to the Sun and milk are essential sources of Vitamin D. Sun rays help to convert a chemical under the skin to Vitamin D.

If pregnant, then you must think twice before eating fish.

The high levels of mercury can impact mental health and cause birth defects. This who love fish can choose fresh water fishes.

Caffeine is a psychoactive substance mainly found in soft drinks, coffee, tea, etc. If a pregnant female consumes caffeine, it is absorbed quickly by the placenta and fetus. It can further cause low birth weight when a child is born.

Low birth weight can increase the risk of chronic diseases when the child becomes an adult.


Dr. Smiti Jain

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

With more than a decade of experience in both government run and privately managed healthcare facilities, Dr. Smiti Jain is fully qualified in delivering the highest level of quality care in the fields of gynecology and obstetrics .

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