It is very important to have a carefully planned and well-balanced healthy diet from nutrition point of view starting from the first month of pregnancy itself. Its not only vital for you but for the fetus too. This is worth the effort as in the process one gets educated about both what to eat and what not to. In this post I am listing about both these aspects.
What NOT to eat?
- Packaged and processed foods – Even juices shouldn’t be consumed no matter their brand and their claims.
- Soft cheeses – They can be carriers for bacteria and food-poisoning. They cause gas too.
- Raw papaya, pineapple & licorice – They can cause serious crampings or sometimes even miscarriages, as they cause contractions in early pregnancy.
- Sea foods – They hamper development of fetus’s brain. In extreme cases experts allow only freshwater fish.
What to eat?
- Fruits – They are fat-free and rich in vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and water.
- Foods rich in iron – Iron rich blood carry nutrients and oxygen for fetus. One can eat beans, beetroot, bran, dry fruits, oatmeal etc.
- Foods containing Vitamin B6 – Bananas, nuts, peanut butter, salmons and whole grains are natural products who can fight nausea and vomiting, the most troublesome condition women face in the first month of pregnancy.
- Folate rich foods – They are required for the embryo development. Some examples are asparagus, beans, broccoli, eggs, greens, oranges , potatoes etc.
- Non-veg foods/meat – Chicken, mutton or any hygienically cooked meat ( except seafoods and pork) can be consumed.These are rich in proteins and minerals.
- Milk & milk-foods – Pasteurized milk,curd, yogurt, hard cheese etc are all rich sources of calcium, folic acid, healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, water etc. Up to 1 liter should be their total consumption per day.
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