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Importance of a Healthy Diet

Why is so much stress laid on a healthy diet (Dr. Rita Shah)

As you are the only source of nutrition for your unborn baby, your eating habits will affect your baby's health and well-being. In order to cope with the increased demands, your body needs a sufficient amount of nutrition.  Poor eating habits can adversely affect your pregnancy and result in conditions like anaemia, pre-eclampsia, mood swings, fatigue, leg cramps, constipation, etc.  It had been learnt that deficiency of some minerals like zinc is sometimes responsible for initiating premature labor.

How will my diet affect the baby

As long as there is no family history of medical diseases, eating the right kinds of foods will ensure that you have a healthy baby.  A study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health has shown how baby's health at birth is directly related to the mother's diet during pregnancy.  Of the women who were on an excellent diet, 95% of them had healthy babies. Whereas, of the women thriving on junk food only 8% of them had healthy babies, and 65% had premature, malnourished, functionally immature or stillborn babies. 

What are the implications of a poor diet

Every bite counts.  Whatever an expectant mother eats or does not eat affects her child.  Lack of folic acid in the first trimester increases the risk of spinal tube defects and lip and palate deformities.  Lack of protein and calories in the last trimester could affect the development of the brain.  To really grow well, your baby requires a well-balanced diet that includes vitamins, minerals, proteins and substantial calories for its all-round development.

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Name: Preeti
Country: India

Hi Ladies, I am 2 and half month pregnant,only thing which I follow ,break your breakfast in 2 parts, eat some healthy food in every 2 hours (as required), drink 3 ltrs of water everyday, lot of fruits and salad. Also take supplements recommended by doctor. Eat before hunger starts .Don't keep your stomach empty for long time. Go for walk , avoid having JUNK food. Try this it will definitely help you and offcourse baby :-)
Name: sushma
Country: India

want to know is it ok in pregancy amla juice,what precaution i have to take while eat
Name: Kruthika
Country: India

Hi Friends v r planning for a baby is there any particular diet food which i hav to follow couple of months before going to Conceive?
Name: jassi
Country: india

yr topic is good fr me
Name: Ila prakash Singh
Country: india

along with a balanced diet, i also recommend mother's horlicks three times a day. it is amazing to read the contents of the product. it makes up for any nutrient which may not have been consumed in regular food during the day.
Name: vidhi
Country: India

from 6 to 9 th month have kessar with milk every night it keeps u an d baby healthy
Name: Preeti
Country: India

ya! the article is good. but a diet chart like what to take in what amount and at what time like i m vegetarian. so what can b taken?
Name: Meghna dighe
Country: India

along with nutritious food if you can give list of some nutritious food which a pregnant woman should have then it will be more easy to understand.
Name: saroj
Country: India

i has three month pregancy. but no increase my weight
Name: Mallika
Country: India

i gained only 2.2 pounds in one month.
Name: Malli
Country: India

i am suffering from nausea and so i gained just 1 kg in 3rd month
Name: nila
Country: India

i have i am three months what kind of healthy food need for me?
Name: shalom
Country: India

currently i live in uk.i 'm just 36 days pregnent. i confirmed thro the pregnancy test strip.i have nausea in the morning.i could not eat well in morning because of nausea.i am bit weak.suggest me some healthy diet/day .my ht:156cm and wt:48kg
Name: adele
Country: Ghana

ihave depended so much on vegetables till i heard from my doctor my bp is low. how possible
Name: madhu
Country: India

what nutritious diet that i should take from my third month ? please suggest.
Name: Latha
Country: India

the article is good.. but no body has specified the nutritious food that has to be taken during pregnancy.. if someone could get it that would be very helpful and appreciated
Name: Dr.Jyoti
Country: India

the psychological as well as emtional make up of the mother during pregnancy and her general attitude towards food is a very important factor!hence avoid dietary fads and have a positive attitude.
Name: saraholuyomi
Country: Canada

i am not pregnant but writing a book on children and development and i found your article very useful. thank you.
Name: shuchi
Country: India

i am having 5th month pregnancy but there is no demand of increasing diet. so is it normal sign?
Name: ruhi ahmed
Country: India

i am 3 months pregnent and ia am suffering from hypothyroidism. can u suggest me what measures i have to take?

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