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Suggest diet for a pregnant lady

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Posted on Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Question: sir, my wife get pregnant. 3 weeks end. what nutrition and food she need?. please guide me.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
FEW MORE DETAILS REQUESTED

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for writing to us with your health concern.
Congratulations on your first pregnancy ( I assume it is the first ) !
Regarding food and nutrition, your wife can eat whatever she likes.
IN the first 3 months of pregnancy, women face a problem of nausea, vomiting and aversion to certain smells or food.
It is therefore important to allow her to eat whatever she likes according to her taste.
SHe should take folic acid tablet 5 mg per day, that will cover her nutritional needs for the first 3 months.
Later on, from the 4th month onwards, she can take iron, calcium, vitamin D also.
Please let me know if she is a vegetarian or non vegetarian, I can then suggest a few ideas for her diet.
what is her current height and weight ?
Does she have any food taboos ?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham (13 minutes later)
thanks mam. ya this is the first pregnancy. she's age is 21. she's height and weight is 150cm and 48 kg. please give some supplement tablets for her.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (1 minute later)
Brief Answer:
CAN TAKE FOLIC ACID TABS

Detailed Answer:
She should take Folvite 5 mg one tablet per day.
Is she a vegetarian or non vegetarian ?
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Aarti Abraham (4 minutes later)
non vegetarian mam.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
DIET EXPLAINED.

Detailed Answer:
For a non vegetarian, the following pointers can help -
1. Drink lots of fluids, atleast 5 litres per day , should include plain water, soups,broths, juices, nimbu pani, buttermilk , kanji etc.
2. Eat atleast 3 - 4 servings of dairy products, including paneer, curd, whole milk , cheese etc.
3. 3 - 4 helpings of protein rich foods - chicken, tofu,lentils, fish, nuts, , egg.
4. 3 - 4 helpings of fresh green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits. Avoid juices, it is better to have whole fruits instead as fibre too is provided, avoiding constipation which is most common during pregnancy.
5. Have 5 -6 small frequent meals instead of 2 -3 big ones.
6. Iron rich foods such as liver, red meat, spinach, methi should be consumed.
7. Eat home made, healthy food. Avoid spicy , oily, greasy, fried food.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: FEW MORE DETAILS REQUESTED Detailed Answer: Hello Thanks for writing to us with your health concern. Congratulations on your first pregnancy ( I assume it is the first ) ! Regarding food and nutrition, your wife can eat whatever she likes. IN the first 3 months of pregnancy, women face a problem of nausea, vomiting and aversion to certain smells or food. It is therefore important to allow her to eat whatever she likes according to her taste. SHe should take folic acid tablet 5 mg per day, that will cover her nutritional needs for the first 3 months. Later on, from the 4th month onwards, she can take iron, calcium, vitamin D also. Please let me know if she is a vegetarian or non vegetarian, I can then suggest a few ideas for her diet. what is her current height and weight ? Does she have any food taboos ? Looking forward to hearing from you. Take care.