Bharathi NR, HOD, Dietetics and Nutrition, Columbia Asia Hospital Sarjapur Road.
By Ms. Bharathi NR, HOD Dietetics and Nutrition, Columbia Asia Hospital Sarjapur Road
Pregnancy is a beautiful phase of a woman’s life. She has to be more careful about herself as there is a new life inside her. During pregnancy, the mother is responsible for the health of the baby and herself. Therefore, it is important for the mother to consume healthy food which provides the required nutrition for herself and the baby. Also, as the mother’s body goes through various changes in this period, consuming the right kind of food is crucial.
For a healthy pregnancy, the mother’s diet needs to have balanced nutrition which involves the consumption of the right amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, and consuming a wide variety of vegetables, and fruits.
A woman’s calorie intake grows during pregnancy. This does not mean that she is eating for two. During pregnancy, a woman’s body absorbs iron more efficiently and blood volume increases. Therefore, it is important that she consumes more iron-rich food which could increase the body’s ability to process oxygen and make her feel more energetic.
Hence, it is necessary to understand the type of food which needs to be consumed and the ones that need to be avoided during pregnancy. The type of food and the way you consume it may impact the health of the baby and the mother.
Food which needs to be avoided during pregnancy:
It is advised that you consult your nutritionist and gynecologist for the right diet during pregnancy. It is crucial to consume nutrient-rich food for the overall development of mother and child.
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