Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Garbh Sanskar:Food To Eat: Part IX

Most pregnant women have a difficult time eating properly:You should observe a well balanced diet and you should be taking your prenatal vitamins.

Food preferences in pregnancy may have some nutritional basis,but other times smells may play a significant role. You can make a list of what foods you crave and compare them to see if there is a common nutritional basis. either way, the cravings initially in pregnancy may mellow later. A good prenatal supplement can help balance your diet if needed.


Prenatal vitamins are just vitamins. If a woman is in good health with good nutrition, the added vitamins from prenatal vitamins are not noticeable to her body. The vitamins don't help a person get pregnant. The folic acid in the prenatal vitamins does help decrease the chance of a certain type of birth defect. Proper prenatal nutrition, including omega-3 fatty acids and folate, are for healthy fetal development and a smooth pregnancy.

Depends on your diet - nothing replaces good nutrition, rest and fitness. Some vitamins - B's - and minerals like iron can support energy levels.

I hear all sorts of experiences with prenatal vitamins from my patients; long story short, you should try some and determine which one works best for you (as far as least nausea and maximum tolerability). The most important prenatal vitamin component is DHA or anything else, rather it is folic acid! Take 1-5 mg orally daily for all of your reproductive life! (Don’t forget to consult your doctor).

Don’t forgot that all prenatal vitamins won't 'improve' fertility, just your nutritional status only.The prenatal vitamins cannot hurt your chances, but they are designed to help support the needs your body has during pregnancy & replenish items your fetus will take from you.On the chance you have a vitamin deficiency, they will help you stay healthy, but it wouldn't count on them increasing your chances.

Eat a nutritionally complete diet, include extra calcium. Milk production takes calcium from your bones and can lead to thin bones. A varied diet varies the taste of breast milk and helps these children eat a wider variety of foods.If your diet isn't what it should be, consider a complete multivitamin.

Your state of health and nutrition does make a difference not only when trying to conceive but also to support a healthy pregnancy. Such things as vitamin B12, iron, and folic acid, among others are essential. You should discuss this with your gynecologist and help to plan a successful pregnancy.

Feeding Yourself in Pregnancy. Healthy food usually means low in fat (especially low in animal fats), a moderate amount of protein, and a moderate amount of whole grain carbohydrates (but very little sugar). Natural means unprocessed, with little salt, sauces, or preservatives. Salt may increase water retention or swelling.


Folate is another name for folic acid, and for prevention of birth defects, or for any other purpose. You should definitely take a prenatal vitamin that contains one or the other.

Take care of your unborn baby

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Dr Unnati Chavda
(Promoting pregnancy wellness)


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