Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Pregnancy Diet

Pregnancy Diet

A balanced Pregnancy Diet is very important right from the day you come to know this good news. In fact, healthy diet for should begin when you are planning the baby. A well-nourished mom has good reserves of nutrients that are needed for the growing foetus as well as her own health. A well-nourished fetus has good prospects on the way to good physical and mental health during his life. It is important for a new mother to get right pregnancy diet at right time.

Nutrients requirement during pregnancy increases because of:

• Growth of the maternal tissues, placentas, foetus.

• The enlargement of the uterus, mammary glands.

• Storage

• Increase in maternal circulation blood volume

Nutrients to look for in Pregnancy Diet

The Following nutrients are important in Pregnancy Diet.

1. Energy requirement is 300-500 kilo kcals more (Normal – 1900-2000 kCal) during pregnancy because growth and physical     activity of Foetus and increase in maternal body size.

2. Protein is important for growth and repairs of tissues of mother and foetus.A pregnant woman can have increased     requirement of  1.5-1.75gm/kg/day of protein during her pregnancy term.

3. Calcium requirement is 1000-1200 mg/day during pregnancy,increased intake of calcium is essential for foetal bones and     teeth and  also to protect calciumresources of the mother’s bone during lactation.

4. Iron requirement is 25-27 mg/day during pregnancy.

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