It is very important for pregnant women to have balanced diet. During pregnancy women get several advises from friends and family members. According to some, you must start eating for two while others may suggest you to strictly go by the calorie chart. However, the best way suggested by health experts is to have a balanced diet.
Base of your diet (whole grains, rice, dairy, lean proteins and whole fruits and vegetables) remains the same during pregnancy. You just need to increase their amount. Most of the Indian cuisines focus on legumes, breads, rice, fruits and vegetables thus, giving you the required amount of essential nutrients during pregnancy. Here are some suggestions of balanced Indian diet during pregnancy:
Folic acid is a natural form of water soluble vitamin B. In synthetic form, it is present in enriched food and supplements. It helps to prevent pregnancy complications such as premature birth, neural-tube defect and low birth weight.
Iron rich diet aids production of red blood cells and keeps anaemia at bay. During pregnancy, your blood supply increase and so do your need of iron.
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Calcium helps to strengthen bones of mother and the unborn baby. Pregnant women normally need 1300 mg of calcium on daily basis.
Fish and meat are excellent source of vitamin and proteins. If you are a non-vegetarian then take chicken, fish and meat in form of different Indian recipes. For instance, tandoori chicken is a good source of protein. However if you are a vegetarian the add asparagus to your routine curries.
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