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What to Eat During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you need to have a well balanced and a healthy diet. Here are some tips on what you should eat during pregnancy to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

When you are pregnant, you would like to stay healthy and give birth to a healthy baby and it all depends on how you eat and set your nutritional requirements throughout the pregnancy. An A to Z of vitamin and mineral supplements are not the answer to a well balanced healthy diet. You might be worried that you are not taking in the desired amount of nutrition and the next worry for pregnant women is when they feel that they are not feeling the hunger pangs as frequently as they might have read or been advised.

What to eat during pregnancy is a simple thing, there is absolutely no need to complicate it with inputs from random sources. Get an appointment with your health care provider and nutritionist and follow the diet chart recommended by them. Just take note that you are including all essential minerals and vitamins in your diet in their natural form as much as possible.

Diet during Pregnancy

Given below are just some of the food elements that should be a part of your regular diet during pregnancy:


There are a variety of lentils to choose from. Include them in your diet. All the varieties are high in protein and fibre and tasty as well. So pack in a punch for folic acid, iron and vitamin B6. Use your favourite seasoning and you can include them in your each meal especially if you are a vegetarian. 


This variety of fruit is loaded with folic acid that is so essential for the development of the foetus’s brain and nervous system. The other elements of avocados include vitamin B6 and vitamin C and potassium. They are not only essential for the brain and tissue development of the baby but also aid you to overcome the morning sickness. A vital point to note here is that avocadoes apart from being very delicious and healthy, are also high on ‘good’ fats, so you can go for second and multiple helpings of this fruit only if you are not gaining weight as desired.


You can choose to take them as green pods or in the form of soy milk or soy cheese. They are high in vitamin A, B, calcium, folic acid and proteins.


This vegetable is abundant with vitamin A, C and calcium along with folic acid. They help in the structural development of the baby and take care of your calcium requirements as well. You can have it in any way you like. Stir fried with chicken or seafood, or casseroles, or steamed or baked with other veggies or in your bowl of crunchy salad.


They are high in vitamin A that aids the development of the eyes, bones and teeth of the baby. They are also high in vitamin B6 and C and fibres that can help you with the constipation issues that you might be facing in your early pregnancy stages.

DHA Eggs

The normal egg that you have been getting from the local grocery shops is still good, but these days there are these DHA eggs available that are low in calories and high in protein. So they make a good combination when you are thinking of a healthy pregnancy diet. They are different in being naturally loaded with DHA which is a type of the essential omega 3 fatty acids, which is the ‘good’ fat. It helps in the development of the brain and retina of the eye of the foetus.

Finally, there are loads of other food elements that should be a part of your diet when you are pregnant. Like nuts, cereals and oatmeal. There is an assortment that is high in protein, essential fat, fibre, potassium, zinc and calcium. All the seasonal veggies and fruits should be a part of your diet. When you are not in a mood for munching, you can blend some of them into a smoothie and have them in your breakfast or afternoon snack.

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Simba.3 years ago
Diet for a pregnant woman being important is crucial too.
The Gynaecs give a list of food items to be eaten when pregnant.
Sushma.5 years ago
I am in my first trimester and I cannot eat anything because eating anything gives me a feeling of nausea and vomiting. So, I am only on fruit juices and coconut water. Is it safe for my baby?
Anuja.5 years ago
Folic acid is very essential during the first trimester of pregnancy. Therefore, pregnant women must eat green vegetables like spinach during her first trimester. Folic acid is essential for the development of baby's brain.
Priya.5 years ago
In this article it has mentioned that it is good to eat DHA eggs. However, my mother-in-law has strictly told me not to eat eggs. Is it really safe to eat eggs during pregnancy or during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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