You’re #PREGNANT!! That's great!! Congratulations! =D
Now to make sure your baby grows well in your womb and is born healthy is all in your hands. You are now carrying a tiny life in your womb and its completely your responsibility that you take care of it.
One of the main things you need to do is make sure you eat a good healthy #balanceddiet.
Here are some general guidelines for eating healthy food-
Eat a proper balanced diet. You need to eat every two hours. NEVER go hungry! But don't eat for two either. Baby will get all the nutrients from your body even if you eat till you are full.
Have a good amount of carbohydrates. That is chapati, rice, whole wheat bread. It gives energy, fibre and keeps the digestive tract healthy.
Eat 5-6 servings of a variety of fruits daily. They consist a lot of vitamins and minerals and are a good source of fibre. They also help in the first trimester when one experiences nausea and aversion from food.
Chicken, mutton, fish are essential as they have a high amount of protein that are essential for your diet. . Vegetarians can have paneer, tofu, seeds, nuts, lentils, chickpeas. Steamed sprouts are also good but they may cause gas and bloating. So please check if it suits you.
Eggs, milk, dahi help build the teeth and bones. Pregnant women need a good amount of calcium to build baby’s bones .
Ghee is very essential during your pregnancy. It is an excellent source of fat, mineral, vitamin and antioxidant that is needed for the growth of your baby. Ghee helps prevent constipation & improves digestion during pregnancy. It also keeps your skin beautiful.
Eat a lot of legumes, like lentils, peas, beans, chole, peanuts. They are an excellent source of fibre, protein, iron,folate B9 & calcium.
Reduce your intake of sugar and animal fats.
Choose natural unprocessed food.
Drink at least 2 litres of water everyday. This helps to stay hydrated, repair and maintain the body . Water also helps your body absorb all the essential nutrients into the cells and transports minerals, vitamins and hormones to the blood cells. These rich blood cells reach the placenta and then your baby. So staying hydrated is important.
Folic acid is a very essential part of prenatal diet. Doctors advise to take folic acid. But you can also eat food that is rich in folic acid such as dals, eggs, leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, sprouts, broccoli, walnuts and bananas.
Eat well & be happy!! And don’t forget to take you supplements given by your doctor.
Also if required you can also talk to your doctor and consult a good dietician to guide you through.
You got this!