Thursday, July 7, 2022
a to z

   »   »   » Pregnancy - Diet Chart


Diet Chart

VitaminSourceEffects on the pregnant mother and fetus

Vitamin A

Fish liver oils, butter, cheese, ghee, milk, eggs, all green vegetables, carrots

Needed for growth in babies, and for health of moist tissues such as eyes and lungs.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

Wheat germ, Dried yeast, rice polishing, whole cereals, pork

Nausea in pregnant women

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Liver, egg white, Legumes (pulses) and lentils (dhals), leafy vegetables

Deficiency can cause poor vision, birth deformities, eczema (a skin ailment) for the baby. 

Vitamin B6 (Pyroxidine)

Yeast, liver, cereals, pulses, milk 

It is needed for proper utilisation of protein. Shortage can cause fits in babies.

Folic Acid 

Leafy vegetables, liver, yeast

Folic acid is needed for making of blood. Deficiency can cause anemia in expectant mothers, miscarriage and early delivery and is associated with neural tube defects (defects of the spine, brain, or their coverings) and other birth defects like cleft lip and congenital heart disease.

Vitamin C

Citrus fruits (lemon, orange), gooseberry, guava

Help to build a strong placenta and resist infections. A deficiency can cause viral infections, abortion

Vitamin D

Sunlight on skin, fish liver oils (cod , halibut, shark), oily fish (sardine, salmon, Herring), diary products

Growth of skull, chest, limbs of the baby. The deficiency of Vitamin D causes bone deformities.

Vitamin E

Wheat germ oil, corn germ oil, vegetable oils, nuts, cereals

Essential for normal reproduction. Effects the growth of muscles and the availability of oxygen to the baby.

Vitamin K

Curd, leafy vegetables, liver

Needed for normal clotting of blood. Inadequate intake of vitamin K by the mother may cause hemorrhagic disease of the new born. The deficiency is rare but if it occurs, the result may be severe bleeding.





Milk, cheese, Yogurt

Needed for the healthy development of your baby's bones and teeth



Deficiency causes Anemia


Iodized salt, sea fish

Effects the working of the thyroid hormone, can cause short


Leafy vegetables, yeast, eggs, liver

Iron is needed to fuel hemoglobin production for you and your baby. Iron also helps build bones and teeth and the growth of brain and veins. A shortage of iron can cause anemia.


Beans, cereals, nuts

Growth in babies, 


Fish, Dried fruits (such as dates)

Deficiency can cause allergies, disease and weakness of the muscles and veins


Leafy vegetables, pulses, yeast, cheese, shellfish

Effects reproductive ability of male babies, growth of babies brain and eyes.

Viewer's Comment
 Premapriya, Coimbatore    7/3/2012
Its really very useful... But try to put macro nutrient also..... Thank you....
 Abha,     18/11/2011
very good & helpful but could be more if an adequate intake of these vitamins/minerals can be given or else adequate intake of the sources will help to make one's diet chart. Thanks

Questions of
 Questions & Answers
 1.  Posted on : 21.8.2016  By  :  Jyoti Bahoria , Plot. no. 206 shree durga niwas, rewatinagar BESA View Answer (0) Post Answer

I am 30 years of age,I am diagnosed with PCOS last year, I always had regular periods and I am mother of a 4 year old boy my problem is my acne which I may facing since last 5to 6 years and it's recurring,I am fed up of this acne is there any treatment please suggest me It will be of great help.

 2.  Posted on : 6.7.2015  By  :  Poonam , Kolkata View Answer (0) Post Answer

My mother has got a renal mass in her right kidney approx 7cm and what we understood by her reports was that she has tiny multiple cysts in her lower pole, the doctor has told us that it is not malignant and non enhancing, but we have just done a ct scan and blood tests not even any biopsy so how can he be so sure it is not malignant, she seldom gets a lower back painin her right side, we are taking her to another consulting doctor for a second opinion, as to no what should be done, she is also type 2 diabetic

 3.  Posted on : 31.8.2014  By  :  Litu , Bangladesh View Answer (0) Post Answer

Hi, I am from Bangladesh. I donated blood to my wife without knowing the fact that it is dangerous. Now she is pregnant of two months. The blood group of both of us is O+. Could you tell me what risks may occur & what precaution should we take?

» more...

Note : All statements given are only for information purpose. We are not responsible or liable for any problems related to the utilization of information on this site. We suggest that you consult a qualified doctor before trying any alternative health care remedies.