What food should I take during pregnancy ?

Food in Pregnancy

  • The type of diet, behavior & lifestyle which is adopted by mother & father affects the baby & results in a similar baby.
  • Every individual on earth needs proper nutrition.
  • Proper nutrition is essential from early stage of life that is prior to conception.
  • Nutrition is a basic need to lead a healthy & active life. Nutritionally adequate diet should be consumed from a variety of foods.
  • Nutrients that we acquire through food have vital effects on physical growth & development, maintenance of normal body function, physical activity & health.
  • Our diet must accomplish all essential nutrients in the required amount.
  • In pregnancy the expectant mother needs additional nutrients to meet the demand for the baby`s growth and maternal tissue expansion.
  • Cereals, millets and pulses are major sources of all essential nutrients.
  • I should eat variety of food to ensure balanced diet.
  • A balanced diet is the one which provides all the nutrients in required amounts and proper proportions.
  • When we talk about pregnancy the diet of every lady should be easy to digest, safe, clean and hygienic.
  • Healthy and positive food concepts and cooking practices should be adopted.
  • The diet during pregnancy should contain larger amounts of tissue building and protective food.
  • The balanced diet for pregnancy contains ample amount of all the vital nutrients required to maintain the health of the pregnant woman & the baby which is developing in her womb.
  • A sensible permutation and combination of cereals, pulses & nuts helps in meeting the protein and energy requirement.
  • I should consume a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruits, milk and milk products to meet the vitamins and minerals requirement.
  • Every day supplements of iron, folic acid etc. as advised by gynecologist are also recommended to preserve proper health.

Garbhkranti diet principles :

  • The food taken in proper quantity provides strength , complexion , happy and quality life.
  • This food nurtures the body and mind, gives feeling of satisfaction.
  • Diet gives …………….                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good complexion                                                                                                                                                                                                          Happiness                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Intelligence                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nourishment of body
  • One should take food in proper quantity .
  • This quantity of food depends on the power or ability of digestion.
  • Whatever quantity of food taken gets digested in time without disturbing the normalcy should be taken as proper quantity.
  • I should consume fresh & warm food which is easily digestible.
  • Food should not be refrigerated except for those items which are perishable.
  • Vegetables , fruits etc should not be cut and kept in the refrigerators they lose their nutrients on refrigeration.
  • Canned food is much less on nutrition as compared to fresh food.
  • Food with preservatives should be avoided.
  • Warm food is a great appetiser as it stimulates taste buds.
  • I should eat slowly so that the food digests well.
  • I should eat only when the food taken before is completely digested.
  • The food should be taken in good clean hygienic place.
  • While eating , the order should be first sweet food then rest of the food which helps in easy digestion of sweet food.
  • Refrigerated food should be preferably avoided.

Five types of diet are prohibited as per Ayurveda :

Adhyashan :

  • I should not eat immediately after eating meals.

Vishamashan :

  • I should not eat at inappropriate time.
  • I should not take very little food.

Samashan :

  • I should not mix healthy & unhealthy food together.

Anashan :

  • I should not fast for a prolonged period.

Virudhashan :

  • I should not take antagonistic diet.

    For example :

    • Mixing fruits & milk [ in fruit salad]
    • I should not heat curd and eat it.
    • I should not drink cold water after fatty diet.
    • I should not eat uncooked or half cooked food.

I should plan my weekly Garbhkranti diet from :

  • Garbhakranti milk and milk products
  • Garbhakranti cereals
  • Garbhakranti pulses
  • Garbhakranti green leafy vegetables
  • Garbhakranti fruit vegetables
  • Garbhakranti fruits
  • Garbhakranti dry fruits
  • Garbhakranti egg
  • Garbhakranti condiments & spices

I should consume the following :

  • Garbhakranti iron rich food
  • Garbhakranti folic acid rich food
  • Garbhakranti protein rich food
  • Garbhakranti calcium rich food
  • Garbhakranti pro vitamin A rich food
  • Garbhakranti vitamin B 1 rich food
  • Garbhakranti vitamin B 2 rich food
  • Garbhakranti vitamin B 3 rich food
  • Garbhakranti vitamin B 6 rich food
  • Garbhakranti vitamin C rich food
  • Garbhakranti fibre rich food

As per specific conditions , I should plan my weekly diet :

  • Garbhakranti morning sickness friendly pregnancy food
  • Garbhakranti diabetes friendly pregnancy food
  • Garbhakranti heart friendly pregnancy food
  • Garbhakranti stretch marks friendly pregnancy food
  • Garbhakranti breast milk secretion friendly pregnancy food
  • Garbhakranti appetite friendly pregnancy food
  • Garbhakranti bowel friendly pregnancy food

Following special diet will be useful for morning sickness, heart, stretch marks, breast milk secretion, appetite, bowel in pregnancy. For diabetic women, diabetes friendly diet .

4 responses to What food should I take during pregnancy ?

  1. PRIYANKA S said on April 26, 2013 Reply

    Please given the way for how can increase humoglobin in my body.
    I am 5 th month praganant.

    • admin said on May 1, 2013 Reply

      Please see Garbhakranti Iron rich food during pregnancy.
      Follow your Doctor’s advice.

  2. Minal Sachin Gaikar said on June 21, 2013 Reply

    I am 8month pregnant, pls suggest me on chest burn, because of chest burn m unable to take my proper diet…
    Thank u..
    My dream baby site is very nice I really appreciat..

    • admin said on June 23, 2013 Reply

      Thanks for your compliment for the website.
      Do you mean acidity by ‘chest burn’ ?
      If you have acidity, please refer to the article ‘Garbhakranti appetite friendly diet’ in the link of Garbhakranti special diet. You can write further for any more queries.
      Dr. Sanjay Talgaonkar

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