Low-carb diet in pregnancy: Yay or Nay?

Pregnancy is a crucial phase of your life where it becomes even more important for you to take care of your diet. Proper intake of nutrients will help nourish your baby and keep you healthy during pregnancy.

How would a low carb diet affect your and your baby’s health?

  • Going on a low-carb diet while you’re pregnant may affect the developmental process of your baby and can also affect the baby’s weight. It may also deprive you and your baby, of the essential nutrients you will require to stay healthy. Drastic changes in the amount of food you consume might even increase the likelihood of your baby having weight problems later in life.
  • Low-carb diets, such as the south beach, atkins and dukan diets, might increase the levels of toxic chemicals such as ketones in your blood.
  • Usually, low-carb diets tend to be high in fat, and it might also restrict the amount of fiber, fruits and vegetables that you eat. Important vitamins and minerals (such as folic acid and calcium) may also be denied to you as well as your baby’s body.
  • Many women perceive low-carb diets carbohydrate-rich foods as fattening food items. But the truth is carbs have less than half the calories of fats. Usually, proteins are also high in a low-carb diet, which can cause many side-effects such as bad breath, tiredness and sometimes, even kidney stones. 

Diet your should have:

Dieticians recommend to base your main meals on starchy foods, with about a third of your plate being carbohydrates. You can go for wholemeal or wholegrain carbohydrates when you can, so opt for wholegrain rice and a wholemeal bread.

Wholegrain carbohydrates are a good source of energy, calcium, vitamin B, iron and fibre, which are all important during pregnancy. A high-fibre diet can help you ease constipation and can also help you to feel fuller for longer. Have at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Though sugar is also a form of carbohydrate, but it is not a great source of nutrients. If you don’t want to gain weight, in your best interest, cut down on sugar! Avoid drinks like cold drinks, packaged juices. Consume food labeled with less than 15g of sugar per 100g content.

Follow a healthy routine with regular exercise and balanced diet.

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