Pregnancy is one of the most special yet toughest phases for a woman. Along with the stress of upcoming responsibilities, they have to take complete care of their body. They need added nutrients so that they and their baby can stay healthy. If you are pregnant, it is important to keep track of your nutrition intake. This can be quite a challenge as in each phase of pregnancy, the nutritional requirement changes and you would have to consume food accordingly. In this article, we would talk about general nutrition consumption during pregnancy and which food would prove to be the most helpful for you.
Now that you know you are pregnant, it is important to start with a healthy diet chart. Going by what the top Doctors for Pregnancy Care at Medanta S.N Super Speciality Hospital suggest, we have got here your week-wise nutrients chart to help you.
Week 1 to Week 10
Folic Acid is the key ingredient during this period. This should go on your plate throughout the next 9 months. It helps in the formation of your baby's heart and circulatory system. It also helps in the formation of your baby’s spine and reduces the chances of miscarriage. Folic Acid helps in preventing birth defects as well.
Vitamin C should get included in your diet from the 3rd month onwards. This is the best antioxidant which enhances the immunity of the body. It also accelerates the rate of iron absorption.
Calcium is the next important ingredient which helps in bone and teeth development. Potassium maintains the fluid balance in the body cells and also regulates the blood pressure.
Next, you should have foods that are rich in cobalamin. Deficiency of this can cause your baby to have neural tube defects. If you are vegan, then you would be exposed more to the possibilities of this nutrient deficiency, so having supplements is the best idea.
Iodine, DHA, Vitamin B6 and Fibre is also important. They help in brain and nervous system development, visual and mental development, prevents nausea and vomiting and prevents glucose intolerance.
Week 11 to Week 20
Vitamin A is a powerful and essential nutrient that helps in cell division and cell growth. It also helps in the overall development of your baby in the womb.
You should also consume foods that are rich in Vitamin D during this phase. It enhances the calcium intake and also accelerates bone development of the baby.
Magnesium, Thiamin, Zinc, Vitamin K, Vitamin B3 and Iron are also important to consume during this phase. All these nutrients would help in controlling the blood sugar level, helps in brain development of the body and strengthens the immune system.
Week 21 to Week 30
The most important ingredients during this phase would include Phosphorus (important in muscle movement, blood clotting, kidney functions and nerve functions of the baby), protein (building block of human cells), sodium (controls the body fluid), Vitamin E, Manganese, Selenium, Biotin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Pantothenic Acid and Choline.
All of these nutrients are vital in their own way and would provide the required nourishments that are vital for you and your baby's development.
Week 31 to Week 40
Protein, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Iron, Calcium, Omega 6 Fatty Acid, Copper and Fibre are the most important components during this phase of pregnancy.
The last trimester is the most delicate time so you should eat all the nutrition-rich food. Also, you must keep your body hydrated with water.
And once the D-day approaches, make sure to arrange for your baby’s arrival at the Best Hospital for Delivery. With world-class infrastructure and expert doctors, Medanta is undoubtedly going to offer you the best place to begin your motherhood!