This week, we had a conversation with author and leading nutritionist and holistic health consultant, Kavita Devgan to understand if there is any truth behind some pregnancy myths that are floating on the internet. Pregnancy is a time when all mommies to be become research experts. The need to do the best for your baby sends us on an overdrive to find out and consume information.
Kavita tell us, “It is important to trust information only from a verified, trusted source. There is a lot of half baked, often completely wrong, and marketing-driven information on the internet. It is better to seek out only expert opinions, either personally or via the articles they write.”
It is important pregnant women to eat three small meals and two snacks at regular intervals to help maintain steady blood glucose (sugar) levels. But many women habitually skip breakfast – this may increase the risk of premature labour. If the reason for skipping is morning sickness, ease into food slowly during the morning.
An occasional glass of wine or two will do no harm
Most women think that a little alcohol won’t harm the baby, but research hasn’t determined how much is safe. It’s better to avoid it.
I am Eating for two
Average weight gain during pregnancy should only be about 10 – 12 kgs (25 pounds). Putting on a lot more weight will increase your chances of hypertension, cholesterol and having a big baby. This also ups your likelihood for having a C-section – or a more difficult delivery.
Folic acid is no big deal
This is not iron’s poorer cousin. It is vital for pregnant women as it is essential for the healthy development of a baby’s nervous system. Folate is found in most plant foods, especially green, leafy vegetables, whole-grain breads, eggs, nuts cereals and legumes (peas, beans and lentils). Also as cooking and prolonged storage will destroy the vitamin, it is best to eat fruit and vegetables that are fresh, raw or cooked lightly. Folic acid is also available as a supplement.
Also a word of caution – Don’t take supplements without consulting your doctor. Too much vitamin A, B6, C, D, E, or K, or too much zinc, iron, or selenium, can be harmful during pregnancy.
Kavita Devgan is author of Fix It With Food, Don’t Diet and The Ultimate Grandmother Hacks
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