Food Guide Pyramid

FOOD GUIDE PYRAMID TO PLAN YOUR MEALS

Right nutrition is important during pregnancy because your baby’s growth and development is dependent on your diet. The term “eat for two” during pregnancy is not true. Eating during pregnancy doesn’t mean over indulgence, but it means that you consume a wholesome, balanced diet to meet the increased nutritional requirements.

Did You Know?

During pregnancy your additional caloric requirement is only around 350 kcal/day. This can be achieved by including healthy snacks like fruit milkshakes with dates, chikki, paneer vegetable wrap or whole wheat bread based sandwiches.

A compromised diet during pregnancy can lead to inappropriate weight gain, multiple nutrient deficiencies and pregnancy complications in mothers, while babies may be born with low nutrient stores (levels) & congenital malformations.

Choose a variety of foods from different food groups to make sure you’re getting a good balanced diet.

Balanced Diet for Pregnant Adult Women (Sedentary)

Reference: National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) 2010. Dietary Guidelines for Indians (2nd Ed.) Retrieved November 11, 2012, from http://www.ninindia.org/Dietaryguidelinesforindians-Finaldraft.pdf

What constitutes a healthy diet during pregnancy?

  • A balanced and varied diet, as recommended by the food pyramid for pregnant women
  • Follow the food guide pyramid to get all the essential nutrients in adequate amounts to ensure the best possible start for your baby.

Eat Adequately

Cereals & Millets

Consume 9 portions

(1 portion = 30g)

WHAT IS 1 PORTION?

Reference: National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Indians. (nd Ed.) Retrieved November 11,2013, from http://www.ninindia.org/DietaryguidelinesforIndians-Finaldraft.pdf

Eat Liberally

Reference: National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Indians. (nd Ed.) Retrieved November 11,2013, from http://www.ninindia.org/DietaryguidelinesforIndians-Finaldraft.pdf

Eat Moderately

Reference: National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Indians. (nd Ed.) Retrieved November 11,2013, from http://www.ninindia.org/DietaryguidelinesforIndians-Finaldraft.pdf

Eat Sparingly

Reference: National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Indians. (nd Ed.) Retrieved November 11,2013, from http://www.ninindia.org/DietaryguidelinesforIndians-Finaldraft.pdf