Diet During Pregnancy
-By Dr. Mansukhani
As your obstetrician is most familiar
with your medical record, consult him/her about the ideal diet.
It is very important that you get plenty
A vegetarian diet is preferable comprising
plenty of fruits and salads.
Vitamin E and fish oil capsules (the
latter can be optional for vegetarians if they have a problem) are also
important for the fetus growing inside.
Have protein in the form of lentils
that (you should soak overnight) and have at least 2 cups of milk and yogurt.
Minimum oil in your diet is advisable.
Avoid excessive butter and cheese as it builds on the total calories, which
have to be kept in check.
It is very important that your blood
sugar level should be under control and that you should be watching your
blood glucose level with a gluconometer, which you should be having at
home. Do this 2-3 times daily and if it is in control then you should have
a good normal baby and also the baby should not be overweight.
It is advisable to have an ultrasound
done in the 28th and 34th week to make sure that the baby is not overgrowing,
which happens in diabetes.
As your pregnancy progresses, your blood
sugar may get out of control and you may require admission in a hospital.
So it's really up to you to take a good and correct diet that keeps your
sugar count in control.
Vegetarian intake should consist of
chappatis and plenty of vegetables. Avoid bread, have salads twice a day
and 4-5 fruits a day.
Hope this helps you have a normal
and a healthy baby.
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