Staying healthy is important during the nine months of carrying a baby during pregnancy and encompasses the time period while trying to conceive and the postpartum period. From the moment a woman is trying to conceive to 6 months after delivery, it is crucial for the healthy development of a foetus in the womb as the health of the mother directly impacts the health of the baby. Therefore, this time period is extremely important and vulnerable for the health of both mother and child.
Mothers-to-be and women trying to conceive naturally become inspired to make healthier dietary choices. However, for those still unaware of the impact of healthy lifestyle changes on pregnancy, this can be a new start. The following tips can be useful to improve food and physical activity habits to give your baby the best possible start to life.
Before conception, it is important to eat well to prepare the body for pregnancy and increase the chances of conception while providing optimal health conditions for the foetus to grow. Being overweight or underweight can get in the way of conception. Therefore, eating a nutritious and balanced diet while being physically active is equally important.
At home, eat home-cooked, wholesome meals with abundant fruits and vegetables. Taking about 3 or at least 2 meals a day is necessary.
Women trying to get pregnant and pregnant women are often recommended iron and folic acid supplements by healthcare providers. It can be beneficial to talk to a gynaecologist about starting on such supplements to fulfil the requirements of essential nutrients.
It is also advisable to avoid skipping meals, specifically breakfast, and avoid snacking on fatty, processed foods. A healthcare provider or gynaecologist may recommend adding or avoiding certain foods to meals while trying to get pregnant.
From the moment an expecting mother gets the good news, her first instinct is to protect their baby at all costs. To begin a journey of giving a healthy life to a baby, it is important to stay healthy yourself. While pregnant, the body requires more nutrients than normal to support both the mother and the developing baby.
Key essential nutrients required to support the growing baby include zinc, iodine, iron, calcium, and folate. It is recommended to eat three home-cooked meals every day, along with fruits and supplements suggested by a gynaecologist. Meals can consist of foods that were consumed before pregnancy with certain additions to fulfil additional nutritional requirements.
There are a lot of things to do during pregnancy apart from taking care of dietary intake to boost the health and well-being of both the mother and the growing baby.
Bringing new life to earth is a huge feat to achieve. After the baby is born, it relies on the mother for nutrition, which it obtains from breast milk produced by the mother. It means that the baby is still receiving nutrition from the mother, so the diet of the mother can affect the health and growth of the baby.
Therefore, it is important to make sure that a healthy and balanced diet is still given priority post-childbirth. Home-cooked food is the best for consumption. Meals should consist of healthy carbohydrates and fats from whole grain flour and rice, along with proteins from poultry, fish, beans, nuts, pulses, and lentils. Seasonal vegetables and fruits should be consumed on a regular basis. Keeping hydration levels up is more important than ever. It is important to continue this routine for at least six months until the mother recovers and regains optimal health and the baby gets off feeding off of breast milk.
Sometimes, it can be a daunting task to understand and decide what to eat and how much to consume. Every woman is unique and requires special attention to support and sustain the optimal health of both the baby and herself. Therefore, it is best to consult a well-experienced gynaecologist to understand the dietary changes required to be made.
Book your appointment today and consult the best gynaecologists in India at Giggles Hospitals. Our goal is to prepare mothers-to-be with the best of knowledge to let them enjoy a healthy pregnancy, motherhood, and beyond.