If you recently discovered that you are pregnant and you have PCOS too, then you need to take care of certain things regarding your diet.
Yes, you are pregnant and you need to eat for two, but that doesn’t mean that you need to consume access amount of calories, and if you are suffering from PCOS with overweight, then you need to be more careful.
If there is any kind of diet plant that you were following before getting pregnant then, you might have questions like: How much calories should I consume now? Or should I double my calorie consumption? As you are two now and the baby needs a required amount of calories for proper growth. Right!
If this is the case, you need not worry, as during first 3 months you don’t need to add any extra calories in your diet plan, from three to six month you can add 250 to 300 calories extra in your diet plan and during the last three months you can add 450 to 500 calories more in your diet plan. But the best would be consulting an experienced female Gynecologist.
You need to increase your protein intake slightly during your pregnancy, but you need to be very careful about the kind of protein you need to consume.
If you are a non-vegetarian
Consider consuming organic meat only, as this is rich in protein rather than factory produced meat, you can also add fish like salmon, as these are a good source of high protein as well as Omega 3. Please do not eat too much of it, including one or two servings in a week and not more than that. Being a non-vegetarian is a bit beneficial for you, as consuming organic meat or fishes like salmon are a good source of iron too and this helps you in avoiding anemia, during later phase of pregnancy
If you are a vegetarian
As no vegetarian diet contain proper amino acids, so you need to combine different sources of protein such as Walnut, Beans, Peanut, Almond, Chestnut, Sunflower seeds, Watermelon, pumpkin seeds and Lotus seeds for a complete protein diet,
For iron eat avocados, prunes, apricots, lentils, black beans, almonds, chickpeas and wheat germ.
Fats and Lipids
Consuming proper amount of fat is very important as, it will help you in maintaining your hormonal health as well as the growth of your baby, fat sources avocados, nuts, coconut oil or milk and eggs. Consuming proper lipids is also very important, as your baby’s brain and neurological system are made up of lipids.
The healthy amount of carbohydrate that a woman should consume per day is 180g during pregnancy, but if you are on a PCOS diet, it would be best to consult your gynecologist, regarding the amount of carbohydrate that you can increase in your diet plan.
No matter what amount of protein, carbohydrate, calories or fat you were consuming with your PCOS diet before getting pregnant, the best would be consulting your gynecologist regarding a diet change, as every woman is different, so diet requirement can differ too. Contact PCOS Clinic in Mumbai for the best PCOS consultation.