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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy for Normal Delivery

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The two red lines solve the dilemma and brings in an outburst of happiness to new parents. But, at the at the same time gets you thinking about what to & what not to do. First pregnancy is always special, as it teaches the mother many things. There are new challenges every day – and one of the most sought/discussed points of discussion is DIET.

Diet Plan during pregnancy


The meal plans, or diet charts, include a delicious array of vegetarian or non-vegetarian options of your choice. These pregnancy diet charts are made using the foods that have required nutrients you need depending on the stage of your pregnancy. A pregnancy diet chart is explained in detail by the expert and can be altered as per your taste & preference.

Healthy eating and balanced keep you active and fit all through the course of pregnancy. So, help you strive for natural/normal delivery option.

Pregnancy Diet Chart must have –



As maternity experts at Sitaram Bhartia explain, a well-balanced pregnancy diet must have 4 segments for complete nutritional values –

  1. Lean Protein – very crucial for baby’s growth & development. Protein can easily be found in the lentils, cheese, milk, fish, chicken, soy, tofu, nuts, etc. Doctors recommend a protein-rich diet for entire pregnancy to keep you & baby healthy & fit.
  2. Whole Grains – help you in keeping fit and active with its carbohydrates.
  3. Dairy – Dairy rich products are again very crucial and a source of pure intake of calcium. Can have in any form – curd, buttermilk, cottage cheese (paneer) or plain milk.
  4. Fruits & Vegetables – We all know the goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are dthe irect source of minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and much more. Try to have whole fruit instead of juices, as that will also help in obtaining natural fibre.

Eating healthy and right is the key to keep up with the pregnancy and beat all odds. All you need is a healthy diet, proper nutrition required at the right stage. A healthy course of nutrition also keeps the body fit for normal delivery which is a safer and better option for both the mother and the child.

Eating for TWO or just Right

Unnecessary munching and eating for two is just a myth. Our body takes in what is required, rest all is converted into fat. You only need 300 extra calories as per the experts and some additional protein on a daily basis.

Segregate the meals into smaller portions but keep the nutritional value balanced. A 50% fresh fruits & veggies, 25% protein and whole grains each keep you full and healthy along with dairy items after consistent intervals. Skipping meals or fasting would cause more troubles than one could perceive.

Indian Food Diet


The Indian cuisine has diverse flavours and options to bring nutritional values on your plate during pregnancy. Starting from homemade humble sprouts to dahi ka raita (curd with veggies). Stuffed paranthas (sans oil) to bowl of dal (lentils). I recall during my earlier days of pregnancy I cherished all veggies & paneer paranthas without using any oil.

Besan ka chilla (gram flour omelette with veggies) is the best source of protein along with goodness of vegetables. Poha with vegetable (puffed rice) or a bowl full of fresh vegetable salads or wok-stirred veggies, homemade soups – refreshing and power packed. Eggs are the best source of lean protein if you can take or else tofu/paneer do the needful. Keep the oil usage to the minimum. Over-weight during pregnancy has high risks.

Ideal Diet Chart for healthy mother & baby

As mentioned above a balanced diet for a pregnant woman is a mix of carbohydrates, protein, fibre, dairy, etc. Diet charts vary based on your height & weight or crucial deficiencies. For me, it was protein & vitamin D which was required for whole three trimesters.

With a healthy diet, you also need to keep yourself hydrated through the day. Water is Life! Caffeine preservatives & processed food need to be restricted. Each diet plan is based on personal requirements of the mother and advised by the expert. However, the basis remains the same – Protein, Carbohydrates, Dairy, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables.

Normal Delivery & Care

Experts at the professional medical centres help us learn which is best for the baby. Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science & Research is one such trusted hospital. The expert doctors at this hospital understand the need and requirement of the body, and advise on the diet charts accordingly. The Hospital aims for normal delivery which is the most sought option for women worldwide. Care you can trust!

I happen to stumble on their blog post about the Healthy Diet Chart for pregnancy. In this article, the experts have clarified the requirements of nutrition value for varied needs. At the astonishing rate of just 12% of the caesarean rate in 2016, this marks the value of expertise & care of pre/post-natal. The maternity program at Sitaram Bhartia empowers women to choose the safest options for their childbirth.

Disclaimer – This is a sponsored post, all the views shared here are personal and true to the author’s knowledge. For information only, do not take this as expert advise.

© Dipika Singh

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  1. Very informative post. It will be a great resource for all expecting mothers.

  2. Healthy eating becomes all the more important during pregnancy. Very helpful post, Dipika.

  3. Anita Singh says:

    Bahut useful post hai ??
    Mujhy nahi pata tha ki diet bhi delivery me help karti hai ?? thanks for sharing

  4. Really glad that you wrote about this.. Pregnancy comes up with craving which ends up with unhealthy eating.. I am going to refer this post to my pregnant friends..

  5. Very informative and useful post indeed. Kudos!

  6. Useful blog for expecting women. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Anchal says:

    Such a helpful post. This is sufficient information for any expecting mama.

  8. Mrinal says:

    This is something i had no idea about! Thank you so much for the detailed post! Forwarding it to my pregnant cousin sister!

  9. I’m really happy to see a hospital in India emphasizing so much on normal delivery. And those food tips from you are so useful and informative!

  10. That’s such an important read for expecting moms. Our body has to have a healthy plan before and during conceiving. Sitaram Bhartia is indeed and awesome centre to have normal delivery.

  11. For normal delivery, it is very important to maintain a healthy diet and consuming certain vegetables. This list is very helpful.

  12. Papri Ganguly says:

    Never knew that these foods and veggies support normal delivery. Thanks for the share

  13. Khushboo says:

    That’s a very informative and helpful post for would be moms.

  14. Aayisha Siddiqua says:

    Very informative, yes the eating for two is a myth.

  15. Healthy eating is important during pregnancy but things are not always right during the initial stage. Your post is helpful to design an ideal diet. Sharing it so that it could reach to masses.

  16. Shreemayee Chattopadhyay says:

    Very informative post for the expecting mothers. You have done a good job Dipika.

  17. Sheetal Dorby says:

    Kudos to you for sharing these useful tips with us . Each and every point mentioned by you would be really helpful during pregnancy.

  18. Very informative post there is so much I wish I knew before having my kids. The diet chart is so awesome and helpful

  19. A simple and helpful post. i liked that you have simplified this, otherwise, it is always so complicated and jargon filled and confusing 🙂

  20. Such an informative post for all moms out there.

  21. Great write-up and very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Such useful tips for a preg woman❤️❤️

  23. Wow! This is so helpful for all couples gonna become parents soon 🙂

  24. I had no idea that, these food are helpful for normal delivery.. Such a helpful post for all pregy women here.. Will save this post for future reference.. ?

  25. Very useful post, especially for Indian expecting laties. they tend to neglect their health and diet a lot during pregnancy owing to the homemaker role which they have to play. the nuclear family aspect also puts more pressure during such time since the lady has to manage herself. your post will definitely help such ladies. thanks for sharing.


  26. Zainab says:

    The diet during pregnancy really plays a vital role. I used to really have a hard time as I was never hungry.
    However, eating balanced diet is definitely key to normal delivery. Well explained.

  27. pythoroshan says:

    This is a wonderfully complete article. You’ve touched on all the points from the type of food group to the availability as well as what is common here for the Indian woman. Well written.

    1. gleefulblogger says:

      Thank you so much Doc for stopping by and read. really appreciate

  28. Eating healthy always is a must..and much important while pregnant

  29. Nice and informative post with useful tips , eating healthy is must during pregnancy.

  30. Fantastic article as it’s got great meal ideas for pregnant women. Besan chillas eggs and a balance of fruits and veggies is very important. Too much weight gain can affect the health of baby and that may also lead to docs suggesting a combination section

  31. The only thing i did through the pregnancy was eat!! And this kid in-utero made sure i was eating right because I was eating so much of fruits, which i have never eaten in my life!!

  32. Definitely we should all follow this rules if we are about to deliver baby or new mom too

  33. ‘Eating for two’ this phrase kept ringing in my ears during pregnancy. Finally my doctor cleared that just eat normal but right. Veggies and fruits are so helpful and keeps your tummy full.

  34. This is a very informative blog for anyone who is a unexpectant mother. Diet can be such a crucial thing during those days

  35. I really liked that you described Indian diet choices for a balanced diet during normal pregnancy .A healthy mom makes a healthy baby.

  36. I think eating right meal is more important than eating for two. I always advices light and easy to digest food to pregnant Patients. This post is so useful for Mom to be

  37. This is a very helpful post for moms to be. Its important to eat healthy in pregnancy and sometimes ladies start eating too much extra as they think they have to literally eat for two. That is also not right. A balanced and nutritious diet is required.

  38. amodiahs says:

    This is a very important topic. Needs more awareness like this post.

  39. This is such an important and useful post for all The expecting mothers… good diet is everything!!

  40. rashimital says:

    Thanks much for this information, Dipika. Though it is my second pregnancy, I already know much of it. But this post came as a gentle reminder for a few things. However, I have a question- doesn’t normal delivery depend on the baby’s position in the last month and not just on the food intake?

    1. gleefulblogger says:

      Congratulations Rashi for second happy term, and reading this post. Yes, normal delivery comes in real term with many combined efforts inside our body along with nutrients we intake.
      Food is just one of those ‘to-do things to try for a normal delivery’. Hope this answered your query.

      1. rashimital says:

        Thanku so much, Dipika. Wow, i didnt know this. Thought normal delivery depended only on the baby. Well, in that case M on reading more about it. Thanks so much. This proved more informative that just the post 🙂

  41. Thank you for the information.

  42. Great Post, Dipikaji, Yes it’s true that for a healthy pregnancy you should follow a strict healthy diet plan, which provides all essential nutrients to you and your baby. It also reduces complications at delivery time. Thanks for the useful information.

    1. Thank you, glad you find it informative.

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