Pregnancy is the most wonderful moment in a woman's life. However, it comes with its own set of challenges as well. From frequent mood swings to morning sickness, the issues are endless. Still, it is important to keep yourself happy, healthy and nourishhed for the sake of your baby. You may wonder how to stay healthy throughout the journey of nine months and mostly get confused on what to eat or whatnot, which diet is right for you during pregnancy, right?
In the first trimester (1-12 weeks), you must have a healthy diet full of nutritients like vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc, folic acid, protein, etc. Here is the first-trimester diet plan.
List foods to eat in the first-trimester diet:
It is important to have varieties of vegetables in your meal. Your dish should be full of colours. For a healthy diet in pregnancy, you can include spinach as it is rich in folic acid and broccoli rich in zinc, which helps in developing the baby's blood cells. Many dietitians recommend eating tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, etc., in the first trimester.
For pregnant women, it is recommended to have at least 3-4 servings of fruits daily. Fruits with citrus quality are a good source of folic acid like grapefruit, oranges, kiwi, etc. Some other fruits that you can also include in your diet are bananas, avocado, apple, watermelon, pomegranates, mangoes, and a lot more to have a healthy baby.
You can include whole grains in your first-trimester diet like wheat, corn, millet and rice. Grains provide energy to babies inside the womb and help in developing the placenta.
Include protein-rich food in your diet as it helps to develop the baby's brain and other organs. Eat two to three servings of protein-rich foods daily when you’re in the first trimester and even after.
There are many options for you in the dairy product that you may consume during the first trimester of pregnancy. You may get confused between the options available. Still, if you want the best option, go for cottage cheese; it is a good source of protein and calcium, helpful for your unborn baby's bones and muscle development.
Having cravings during pregnancy is normal, but to satisfy your cravings, you must not keep your health aside and eat everything you want to fulfil the cravings.
Here are some foods that you should not eat during the first trimester of pregnancy.
The first trimester of your pregnancy is the most important time for you and your little one as their organs start developing in the first three months, so it's important to eat healthy and keep yourself nourished. During this period, there is also a chance that you might have some abnormalities. To avoid uncertainty in pregnancy, stay active, positive and focus on what you eat daily. To have a stress free and healthy pregnancy, download the Krishna Coming Garbh Sanskar mobile app.
Q1. What are the healthiest foods to eat during the first trimester?
Including rich protein meals in the first-trimester diet plan, such as peanuts, almonds, lentils, chickpeas, millets, and beans, boosts your baby's healthy brain and heart development. Don’t forget to follow it!
Q2. How many times should I eat in a day while pregnant?
To ensure that you and your baby's nutritional needs are fulfilled, eat three small yet balanced meals and three light snacks throughout the day.
Q3. What should not be eaten during the first trimester of pregnancy in India?
Seafood, brinjal, unpasteurized milk, and its products, sesame seeds, papaya, Ajinomoto, pineapple, fennel, fenugreek seeds, refined flour (maida) products, and grapes are strictly prohibited foods to eat during the first trimester.