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Pregnancy and food – Time to be extra cautious

Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
March 1, 2011

A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.



Congratulations on being pregnant. Now it is the time to be extra cautious with regards to your pregnancy and food that you consume on a daily basis. Here are a few myths and what to do when you are expecting.

Myths regarding pregnancy

There are many myths regarding pregnancy and food that one tends to start believing them at some point or the other. One of the very common myths is that a pregnant woman needs to eat for two since there is a child inside her. We all understand that elders mean well when they quote this favorite myth but then one also has to use their own logic towards it. If an adult can consume a certain quantity of food, there is absolutely no way that a developing fetus would also require the same amount of food. Therefore, eat till your heart’s content and not for two people. This will only add up to your bulk which will be very difficult to dispose off once you deliver the child.

Another very prominent myth regarding pregnancy and food is to avoid chilly or spicy food because this may cause harm to the fetus or the unborn child. Remember that the unborn child does not physically get to taste any food item by itself. It gets only the nutrition from the mother’s body. Once a food item reaches the stomach, it is broken down due to the action of gastric and bile and other digestive enzymes. This broken down food does not taste anything. The only possible reason to avoid spicy food is that it may cause heartburn for the mother.

What to eat when you are pregnant?

Often pregnant women think a lot about what to eat and what not to eat. Any good doctor would tell you to eat whatever you feel like eating barring a few substances like pineapple or papaya which can cause extreme body heat and result in abortion or miscarriage. However, there are a few rules regarding pregnancy and food which every expectant woman should follow in order to have a safe and trouble - free pregnancy.

  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking plenty of water or fluids is mandatory as this helps in keeping the body moisture. The placental fluid index is also dependant on the intake of water. Less intake of water can be one of the reasons for water bag rupture cases.
  • Eat slowly: Make sure that as a pregnant woman, you eat slowly thereby ensuring that you chew well every morsel of food. Chewing the food well helps in better digestion and absorption of nutrients in your body as well as to the fetus.
  • Relish your meal: Love whatever you are eating. It could be boiled food or smoothies or a simple meal. The point here is to eat what you like and not like what you eat.
  • Eat in small quantities: Whenever you are eating, eat in small proportions. This is to ensure that you do not burden your stomach into digesting a lot of food. Eating in small proportions will ensure that the stomach is able to digest the food and pass on the nutrient to your body as well as the child inside. This maintains a healthy balance of energy throughout the day.

Thus, all these will guide you to a safe and risk-free pregnancy. For more questions regarding your pregnancy and food, do not hesitate to ask your doctor about it.


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