Eating a nutritious diet when you are pregnant is linked to good fetal brain development, a healthy birth weight, and it reduces the risk of many birth defects.
1. When you are pregnant, you have to eat more?
Answer: during pregnancy, you need an extra 300-350 kcal. Some women already facing problems like nausea and vomiting; in this case, instead of increasing quantity-wise food, you can improve the quality of 1 meal by adding proteins, vitamins, and minerals. So you can automatically meet all essential nutrients.
2. You shouldn’t eat seafood/ fish.
Answer: you can eat cooked fish, like salmon, and shrimp two to three times per week. The omega-3 fatty acids in most seafood are great for staying healthy throughout your pregnancy. Eating two servings of fish per week can be healthy for mom and baby. Coldwater fish, in particular, contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which help with your baby’s brain development and vision.
Pregnant women should avoid any seafood with high levels of mercury, like tuna, shark, king mackerel, or swordfish, altogether, says Consumer Reports.
3. Alcohol is safe during pregnancy?
Answer: All alcoholic content is dangerous for babies, according to the latest regulations from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Alcohol increases the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage, and birth defects. So it is advisable to avoid alcohol, smoking, and tobacco during pregnancy.
4. Can caffeine during pregnancy raise a kid’s weight?
Answer: recommendations to limit caffeine intake during pregnancy to less than 200 milligrams [mg] of caffeine per day, which is approximately two to three cups. Pregnant women must be aware that caffeine does not come from coffee only, but also from sodas and energy drinks, which can contribute a lot of caffeine to daily consumption. Daily excess coffee consumption may increase their risk of miscarriage or preterm birth.
5. Avoid papaya, and pineapple in pregnancy
Answer: Papaya and pineapple have papain enzymes which can cause miscarriage during the first trimester. So it is safe to consume 2-3 small cubes of papaya and pineapple after 2nd trimester. Make sure you are removing the seed portion.