13 Ways to Increase Fetal Weight to Grow Safely and Healthy in the Womb
Every month during pregnancy, you will have an examination with your obstetrician. One of the things that usually becomes a concern during this routine check is the weight gain of the fetus during pregnancy.
If the fetus’s weight is still considered insufficient, pregnant women need to look for various ways to increase the fetal weight until it reaches the weight that is considered the ideal minimum weight.
How to increase fetal weight
As a mother-to-be, you may be wondering how to gain weight for your unborn baby safely and healthily. Mothers can follow some of the following tips to increase fetal weight during pregnancy, as reported by Parenting First Cry:
1. Healthy and balanced diet
Diet plays the most important role in pregnancy. You must include fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat and poultry in your diet if you want to increase your baby’s weight.
2. Include nuts and dried fruit in your diet
A balanced diet also consists of nuts and dried fruits. You can eat almonds, apricots, figs, walnuts, and other nuts and dried fruit.
3. Routine consumption of prenatal vitamins
The doctor will give prenatal vitamins for the growth and development of your baby. This vitamin also helps babies gain weight. Mothers must consume this vitamin regularly to get optimal fetal weight during pregnancy.
4. Stay hydrated
Drink enough fluids to avoid dehydration during pregnancy. Dehydration in pregnancy can cause some serious medical complications. Mothers can consume fruit or vegetable juices, milk, or water to keep the body well hydrated.
5. Get enough rest
Adequate rest is very important for pregnant women. Excessive exertion or unnecessary pressure can affect the development and growth of the fetus. Try to get a minimum of eight hours of uninterrupted sleep to keep energy levels intact.
6. Stay calm and positive
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health, especially during pregnancy. All kinds of stress and anxiety can affect the mother and the health of the unborn child. The resulting emotional outbursts can lead to overeating, undereating or making wrong food choices, all of which can affect the health of the fetus.
7. Medical guidance
The doctor will guide Mother if the baby does not gain enough weight. Mothers may be asked to take additional supplements or make dietary changes to increase the weight of the fetus.
8. Consuming sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, iron, copper and beta-carotene. The presence of beta-carotene (an antioxidant) in sweet potatoes is converted into Vitamin A by your body. Vitamin A, as we know, is essential for the skin, bones and eyes of the fetus.
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9. Eat lentils and beans
Lentils and beans are full of iron and protein. You’ll also get enough fiber, folate and calcium by including beans and lentils in your diet. If you are a vegetarian, nuts will provide you with the minerals that you might get from a non-vegetarian (meat and poultry) diet.
10. Drink orange juice and yogurt
Start the day with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and boost your Vitamin C, potassium and folate levels. Folate and folic acid are very important in pregnancy. With this Mother can reduce the chances of the baby getting certain birth defects.
Calcium, protein, B vitamins, zinc and other bone-building nutrients are present in yogurt. As a future mother, your daily calcium requirement is 1000 mg and can be met with yogurt.
In addition to maintaining healthy bones and teeth, an adequate amount of calcium in the body reduces the chances of premature delivery or low birth weight babies.
11. Green leafy vegetables and salmon
Green vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli and asparagus are loaded with essential nutrients and anti-oxidants. You can get your daily dose of calcium, potassium, Vitamin A, folate and fiber by eating leafy vegetables.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial for your growing fetus as they help with brain and eye development, and supply you with the amount of protein you need. Salmon is considered safe for pregnant women, because it has very low levels of mercury in it.
12. Eggs and milk
Eggs are powerhouses of protein, Vitamin A, and Vitamin D, all of which are great for fetal growth and development. In fact, the protein profile of eggs is unmatched by any other food, making them beneficial during pregnancy. Eggs are also rich in folic acid and iron, which function to strengthen the membranes and prevent birth defects and low birth weight in the fetus.
Daily intake of 200-500 ml of milk per day can help pregnant women increase fetal weight. Milk contains high amounts of protein and calcium, which are essential for the growth and development of the fetus. Mothers can drink milk in its regular form or make interesting porridge and smoothie recipes.
13. Eating chicken and soy
Chicken meat is a good food to help increase fetal weight. This lean meat is high in protein which encourages the development of cells and muscles in the body. In addition to protein, chicken meat also has a high iron content so that it can reduce anemia in the mother and fetus.
Soybeans are a rich source of protein for vegetarians and can be consumed in many forms. Soybeans are also high in iron so that soybeans can prevent anemia due to their high iron content. Mothers can consume soybeans in the form of soy milk, soy nuggets, tofu, etc.
To maintain the health of Mother and fetus and ensure that the fetus grows and develops according to the required standard of weight, make sure Mother takes care of her health, gets enough rest, and eats nutritious food, Mother.
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