A pregnant woman does not need to eat specific foods just before giving birth, says Ms Nehal Kamdar, a senior dietitian at the nutrition and dietetics department at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
She should continue to eat a balanced diet throughout her pregnancy.
This means eating a variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables for folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin C; fatty fish for docosahexaenoic acid (DHA); milk and high calcium foods like cheese and yoghurt for calcium; and meat like chicken for iron.
That said, there is no evidence to prove that eating any food will trigger labour, says Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, head and senior consultant at KKH’s inpatient service division of obstetrics and gynaecology.
Good nutrition optimises the growth and development of your baby and, at the same time, safeguards your own health, he adds.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.