There are certain foods, drinks and activities that can be harmful during pregnancy
Pregnancy is challenging for any woman as, during this time, you have to take good care of both yourself and your baby. People around you give you all kinds of suggestions for a safe and healthy pregnancy. From what you must eat and drink to what exercises are good for you, every person has something to add. Although they’re trying to help, it’s better if you seek your doctor’s advice on matters related to your health and that of your baby. While many people tell you what you should eat, drink and do, what about those you must avoid? Are there any foods, drinks, and activities that are bad for your health and can even pose a risk to your pregnancy? To get an answer to this question, Onlymyhealth spoke to Dr Luna Pant, Director & Head, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Dehradun.
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When pregnant, you must avoid:
According to Dr Pant, “fast foods are empty calories and low in nutrients.” These can make you feel full for some time, but these aren’t healthy. Also, these lack the vital nutrients needed to make your baby grow into a healthy infant. “We also don’t know how unhygienic the food might be,” she said. If cooked and sold in unclean and unhygienic, they can give you food poisoning or can even trigger allergic reactions. So, what type of food should you have during pregnancy? Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. Also, you should consume freshly-prepared home-cooked food for a safe and healthy pregnancy, the doctor said.
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Just like some foods can be harmful to your health and that of your baby, so there are drinks that you must avoid. Such drinks include:
Not just certain foods and drinks, there are activities, too, that you must avoid for a safe pregnancy.
Now you know about the things you must avoid for a safe pregnancy. Here are some other tips that can help you ensure the same.
A woman goes through countless changes during these nine months. These can feel overwhelming at times. But, try to accept these changes. And, enjoy the life growing inside you.
(With inputs from Dr Luna Pant, Director & Head, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Dehradun)
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