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During pregnancy, it is important to eat foods that provide all of the nutrients required for the increased needs of mothers and babies. While the “eating for two” standard should not be the norm, it is important to take in enough calories, vitamins and nutrients to support the growing baby and to meet mother’s biological nutrient demands, experienced as a result of pregnancy. They should have a variety of foods. They should consume at least 3 cups of milk daily. In addition they will need to have at least two servings of meat, fish, poultry, eggs or dals along with dark green leafy/yellow vegetable. Two to three servings of citrus fruits are beneficial. Having more water helps. In addition they should adopt an eight–glasses-of-water intake to avoid urinary tract infections and constipation. Also restrict intake of beverages containing caffeine to not more than two cups a day. Which means restrict the intake of tea and coffee. Smoking and intake of alcohol is better avoided. Because maternal nutrition is a critical to developing health complications during pregnancy and in the future, steps should be taken to optimise body weight through nutrition and physical activity prior to pregnancy and continued during pregnancy and lactation. The benefits will last a lifetime (or two)!

Eat well for a healthy baby

Whereas cooking for a pregnant woman is not rocket science it is important to know that one has to keep certain norms in mind. Her diet should not only be full of nutrients that are necessary to keep herself healthy and the developing baby, but also should be cooked hygienically. There should be absolutely no room for infection for that would harm both the mother and the baby.

Importance of proper diet
To my mind every woman yearns to become a mother and giving birth to a child of her own is perhaps the most fulfilling moment in her life. Giving birth to a healthy and happy baby is definitely something all to-be-mothers hope for.

But we have to remember that giving birth to a healthy baby needs quite a bit of pre-preparation. One has to remember the babies are completely dependent on their mothers to develop well. And by that I mean both physically and mentally.

Babies are completely dependent on their mothers to develop well – both physically and mentally. It is very vital to the future health of the child that the maternal environment be favourable.

To create such an environment, a woman has to prepare herself for a healthy pregnancy. It is necessary that a woman follows a healthy diet even before pregnancy. In other words she has to prepare herself adequately to become a mother physically and mentally. The mother-to-be should neither be overweight nor underweight. And to make this possible a woman has to make sure she eats a proper diet before conception, during the nine months of pregnancy and also post delivery. 

What should the diet be

During pregnancy, it is important to eat foods that provide all of the nutrients required for the increased needs of mothers and babies. While the “eating for two” standard should not be the norm, it is important to take in enough calories, vitamins and nutrients to support the growing baby and to meet mother’s biological nutrient demands, experienced as a result of pregnancy. A healthy diet is the best way to assure good nutrition. While most moms want to eat a healthy diet, they may not know what choices are best for them.

They should have a variety of foods. They should consume at least 3 cups of milk daily. In addition they will need to have at least two servings of meat, fish, poultry, eggs or dals along with dark green leafy/yellow vegetable. Two to three servings of citrus fruits are beneficial. Having more water helps. In addition they should adopt an eight–glasses-of-water intake to avoid urinary tract infections and constipation. Also restrict intake of beverages containing caffeine to not more than two cups a day. Which means restrict the intake of tea and coffee. Smoking and intake of alcohol is better avoided.

Because maternal nutrition is a critical to developing health complications during pregnancy and in the future, steps should be taken to optimise body weight through nutrition and physical activity prior to pregnancy and continued during pregnancy and lactation. The benefits will last a lifetime (or two)!

Have a healthy pregnancy
While all that I have mentioned in the above paragraphs are necessary for the developing foetus, it is equally important to consult a doctor so that if there is any condition that requires special diet, you are made aware of it. Follow the doctor’s advice strictly for it on which depends the well being of your child. It is a popular belief that a pregnant woman should be eating for two but in reality it is a myth. For overeating can cause discomfort to anyone but more so to a pregnant woman. So, a mother-to-be should eat right, be healthy, and enjoy her pregnancy to the hilt. For, once the baby is born, life is going to get really hectic. 

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