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Pregnancy Diet

Pregnancy Diet

Whether you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, it is important to know what diet is good for the health and the baby and what are the food items that should be avoided. Some of the foods are recommended while would-be mothers are suggested to stay away from certain foods so that there is no risk for the child. Read to learn more about these foods in detail.

Pregnancy is a long period and includes many abnormal feelings and atypical taste developments also. But at the same time it is very important for the would-be mother to give the child developing in her womb a balanced diet on regular basis. Pregnancy diet is a diet that is specially planned keeping in mind the well being of the mother and the child. Everything has to be balanced and you also have to check out things at times.

Pregnancy Diet

Have a quick look at what should the diet of pregnant women include.

Vitamins and Minerals

Food items that are rich in vitamins and minerals are essential for the pregnant woman. There is requirement of higher dose of certain vitamins and minerals. If this is not covered through pregnancy diet, they are prescribed dietary supplements. However, increase in servings of fruits and vegetables daily help pregnant women keep fit and it also protects the child from certain typical birth defects also.

Dairy Products

Two to three servings of dairy products is essential for a pregnant woman daily. This can include milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs as well. Milk and eggs are low-cost supplies of calcium and protein. For vegetarians, soy protein, nuts and beans can be good substitute.

High complex Carbohydrates

Three servings of cereals, whole wheat grains and other high complex carbohydrates are essential for pregnant women.


Water is also an essential part that must be paid attention to. A pregnant woman must have at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily, Just make sure that the water is filtered and clean.

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Pregnant women should not consume the following food items for having a healthy pregnancy.

Junk Food

If you can avoid junk food completely, it is so well so good. However, if junk food is taken in moderate amount and casually, it is not a big issue. These food items should be avoided because they posses empty calories and do not have nutritional values in them.

Caffeine and Alcohol

Avoid excess coffee and alcohol intake. Remember, chocolates are also high in caffeine and so watch out the temptation as far as possible.


Excess fat intake should be avoided. This will not only make an issue of weight gain but also make the childbirth process difficult. Remember, all food items have fat in them and so you do not worry much about the fat intake and requirements of the body.

Food Additives

Many foods that we prefer and are tempted to are full of preservatives and things that are used to enhance flavours. These are not good for the proper development of the mother and fetus as well.

Keeping in mind the dos and don’ts during pregnancy, you can experiment and make food items interesting and tasty according to your preferences. Just keep in mind that you have to take a well balanced food and it is better to make a diet chart so that you can check out at regular intervals of time.

If you are working women, watch out and keep a track of what you have had the whole day. Just avoid staying without food or water for longer hours. If you are busy, you can have juice or something nutritious that can keep you going without making you feel tired. Feel good about yourself and try to stay away from stress as much as you can. Just avoid too much of coffee even if your profession demands that. Take care of yourself. 

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Pritha.7 years ago
Overall a well written article. Indeed eating the right foods promotes healthy pregnancy. food can be made tasty with herbs and natural spices.
Andrea.7 years ago
Chinese foods having monosodium glutamate should be avoided in pregnancy. Moreover Foods which are deep fried or which have high sodium content are to be avoided.
Sneha Kapoor
Sneha Kapoor.7 years ago
Which food additives must be avoided in pregnancy? I have heard that one should avoid Chinese food during pregnancy. Is it right?
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