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.