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Pregnancy Nutrition Is Important For A Healthy Mother And Baby

Jun 2, 2008
Healthy pregnancy nutrition is very important. Safe and healthy eating habits maintain good health and provide nutrition for the growing fetus. Thus it is a must to maintain a balanced nutrition before and during pregnancy. A well-nourished mother gives birth to a healthy baby and can nourish her child well after birth too.

Although, at times during the initial period of pregnancy, it is difficult to maintain any diet because of nausea and morning sickness, but after this phase passes, with the growth of baby in the fetus, the nutrition needs also increase. Thus, a nutritious diet, rich in fiber, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals is advisable for the healthy development of the growing baby.

Nutritional Supplements

Before you decide on taking pregnancy supplements, it is important to point out that such supplements must be taken under medical guidance of the doctor, as their incorrect dosage may affect the developing baby. For example some of the vitamins and minerals, e.g. folic acid and iron, if taken during the initial three months of conception, prove to be very effective during pregnancy.

Such supplements are prescribed as a little higher dose, keeping in mind the pregnant requirements. A doctor should always be consulted in case of any doubt about the dose or its suitability during pregnancy. Further, it is also prudent to purchase the vitamins from a reputed retail chemist shop that can be trusted for quality.

Fish oil given for pregnancy nutrition helps form a healthy brain and body of the developing baby, since it is contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. However, different types of fish oil are available in the market, some even with a high level of mercury content. Hence ask your doctor what to do; he knows what best for you.

Herbal supplements as pregnancy nutrition are also in demand. Some herbs are not nutritious at all. Instead they are toxic and may cause harm, if consumed during pregnancy. Some herbs and herbal supplements if taken in tea or as food flavors are safe, but their concentrated doses or pills should be avoided during pregnancy.

A Healthy Diet And Lifestyle

Always remember, healthy people have a healthy pregnancy. Thus, both the parents must eat the nutritious diet before planning to have a baby. Alcohol, tobacco, drugs etc. should be avoided and the medical tests, as recommended by the doctor, must be taken. Useful and healthy pregnancy nutrition guidelines explaining height, weight, diet, etc., during pregnancy should be clearly understood. It is also advisable to maintain the habit of drinking at least eight glasses of water every day during pregnancy week by week.

Apart from this keep relaxed, cheerful, and have a happy spirit of mind with a smiling attitude. Avoid anger, bitterness, and pessimistic nature to keep your pregnancy healthy. Listening to music, going for a walk, reading healthy pregnancy books are some of the activities that relaxes the mind and body during pregnancy.
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Pregnancy nutrition is important in all the three trimesters as your pregnancy week by week progresses. Read pregnancy books and take pregnancy supplements after consulting your doctor.
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