Why is proper nutrition important during pregnancy?

Why is proper nutrition important during pregnancy?

Nutrients that the body needs throughout pregnancy are proteins, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

During pregnancy, the most vital nutrient is a protein which helps in the baby’s growth. It is responsible for tissues development for both. It also increases the blood flow to the baby. Therefore, the quantity of protein intake increases with each trimester.

Even nutrients like folic acid, vitamin D, calcium, and iron are equally important.

Folic acid prevents neural tube and other defects in babies. As stated in a research paper, folic acid supplementation has been shown to decrease the risk of premature birth.

Calcium is important to make bones and teeth stronger. It helps systems like the circulatory, neural, muscular to function normally and also regulate the body’s fluid.

During pregnancy, iron intake prevents iron deficiency anemia, it carries oxygen to blood to tissues and the baby. Also, iron deficiency produces complications for the baby.

Vitamin D also strengthens bones. Its deficiency leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, and even depression.

Along with the above-mentioned nutrients like carbohydrates, fats are also crucial.

With will get all these nutrients by regularly eating green leafy vegetables, fruits, dairy products, legumes, and beans.

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