Nine months of carrying your baby can be taxing on you and your body. Therefore, having a well-balanced, nutritious diet helps you to steer through your pregnancy blues. Most importantly apart from your health, you need to see that your baby also grows healthy and strong.
So, why is nutrition so important for Indian women during pregnancy? Unfortunately, because of improper nutrition and diet, Indian women are prone to be anemic (around 70-75%). Moderate to severe anemia (due to iron deficiency) is commonly (50% of all cases) seen in pregnant women.
Also, not having sufficient iron in their diet (nutritional anemia) causes low birth weight among children, slowing down the child’s learning ability, and also leads to the death of many mothers in India (24% cases).
So what changes do you need to make in your diet?
- Pregnant women need an added 350 calories daily in these 9 months
- Vitamins like folic acid which helps in preventing neural defects is essential throughout pregnancy
- Iron is required by both the baby and mother for red blood cell formation.
- Calcium is needed by both the baby and mother to develop the calcified tissues (bones and teeth) and to protect against osteoporosis, respectively.
It is essential that you speak to your doctor and plan out an Indian diet chart to eat including the supplements and vitamins that are required for you to take. Also, it is advisable to eat every 2-3 hours and prevent being hungry for long periods.