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What Happens When Pregnant Mothers Don't Eat Properly?

By: Ajanta Sen
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Are you pregnant? Are you eating properly? You may be a working woman who is super busy with all your daily meetings, projects, etc., however, when it comes to motherhood, you can't ignore it.

You just want to give your best to it, isn't it? So, as a new mom-to-be, you must know the consequences you may face if you don't follow a proper diet during your pregnancy.

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There is no need to panic because no matter how busy you are, your baby is your first priority at the moment and you must try to be dedicated to your baby in the first place.

Although each woman and each baby is dissimilar, every mother needs proper nutrition during her pregnancy period. A proper diet is very essential for both the well-being of the mother as well as that of the baby's.

There can be many effects of poor nutrition. Moreover, each mother and baby can be affected differently from inadequate diet. Some of the most common effects of improper nutrition are low birth weight, foetal death, neural tube defect, etc.

Now, let us delve more deeply into the various effects of an improper diet that can happen in a pregnant mother, here they are.

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Neurological Disorders
When pregnant mothers don't eat properly, it can lead to several neurological disorders due to improper nutrition. In a few cases, your child's brain or spine development may be abnormal. In some other cases, everything may look like normal; however, your kid may have to endure learning disabilities.

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Loss of Foetus & Infant
If you are a malnourished mother, you may have to bear the death of the foetus or your child may die in his/her early childhood. Although these cases are very rare nowadays, still you should not ignore the consequences and focus on healthy eating.

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Birth Weight Can Be Very Low
If you have had a less nutritious diet during your pregnancy, you are likely to deliver a baby with a low birth weight. Moreover, an improper diet leads to low-weight babies, and they are more likely to undergo chronic conditions as well as, in a majority of cases, they may also die during the first few years of their childhood.

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Inadequate Growth
If you do not eat properly or if your food lacks vitamins and other essential nutrients, your baby may grow very slowly because of the deficiency of resources in your body.

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Less Calorie Count
If you do not eat properly during your pregnancy, then you are likely to have a premature infant, who is likely to be deprived of the nutrients and calories. So, make sure to consume about 2200 calories in your 1st trimester, while increase it up to 2300-2500 calories during your 2nd as well as the 3rd trimesters.

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Take At Least 3 Meals Daily
Every day make sure to eat three meals without fail. Since your baby will eventually take the nutrients from your system, so if you neglect on eating, it can directly affect your baby's nutrition.

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Lack of Calcium Can Be Harmful
Remember, calcium is very essential for your baby; and if you don't get the adequate amount of it, your baby is more likely to rob it from your teeth and bones. This can result in arthritis and osteoporosis and can take a toll on your health, even if you are a young mother.

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Lack Of Folic Acid Can Lead To Neural Tube Defects
Folic acid is extremely essential for you during the initial stages of your pregnancy. A deficiency in folic acid can result in defects in the neural tube. According to studies, women who had a low intake of folic acid had about twice premature delivery cases as compared to those who had sufficient amount of folic acid.

So, try to consume loads of dark green veggies with leaves like spinach, broccoli, etc. Lentils, avocado, citrus juices and fruits are also some excellent sources of folic acid.

Read more about: diet, food, pregnancy, mother, baby, foetus
Story first published: Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 10:33 [IST]
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