There comes a stage in a woman’s life when she has some good news to share with family and friends. Pregnancy !!! So let’s see unknown 13 pregnancy tips for normal delivery.
Yes it is. She is going to be a mother soon, … And she is at the helm of changes and may expect herself to be treated just the way she wants.
The would-be mommy’s needs and expectations are bound to change with changes in her physique and psyche. So what Food and Diet tips are for healthy pregnancy?
Some may want to fulfill their inner soul cravings. While others may feel the need to be pampered. Whatever be it, she definitely yearns for a healthy little one, the most.
Unequaled love for her unborn is what every pregnant female develops.
This situation leads to nutrition gripping the better of her attention. She wants to become extra cautious about what she should eat in order to nourish the fetus and thus give birth to a healthy baby.
Diet tips for pregnancy and normal delivery:
- Eat frequent and small meals averaging 5-6 times throughout the day.
- Include a wholesome balanced meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Include atleast 2-3 servings of green leafy vegetables in a week like bathua, spinach, shepu, amaranth, drumstick leaves, radish leaves, fenugreek leaves, mustard greens, kale, lettuce, watercress, parsley etc.
- Eat atleast 1-2 seasonal fruits in a day.
- Include milk and milk products in your routine.
- Include atleast 2 servings of either dal, sprout, pulse or legumes.
- Keep yourself well hydrated – buttermilk, solkadhi, green tea, coconut water, fresh seasonal fruit juices, lime juice, soups, dals, barley water, porridges, etc. Drink atleast 2.5 to 3 litres of water/fluids on daily basis.
- Prescribed supplements like folic acid, iron and calcium are an absolute necessity. Incase you are recommended other supplements like iron omega 3, protein, etc continue that as per the doctors advice.
- Avoid being home bound. Sun exposure is very important for getting Vitamin D specially for vegans.
- To be on the safe side, during the first trimester (3 months) avoid foods like papaya (raw or ripe), soft cheese (brie, camembert and blue veined varieties), unpastuerised milk products, raw or half cooked egg, raw shellfishes, alcohol, excess consumption of coffee, till seeds, dates, pineapple, non-veg, heaty foods and spices. Pregnant females need to stay off any known food allergen.
- Avoid foods that increase acidity (incase you are prone to it) sour curd, tomato, khatta-meetha chutney, fried foods, spices, etc.
- To avoid morning sickness eat a biscuit or cracker first thing in the morning, even without brushing your teeth.
- Avoid getting constipated, specially in the last trimester. Avoid refined foods like maida and maida products like bread, noodles, etc . Include fibre rich foods like whole grain cereals, greens, salads, bran, nuts and oilseeds, sabja seeds and isabgol. And drink lots and lots of water.
More to read: 10 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy
No need to double up the quantity of food intake. Rather just focus on the quality of food consumed alongwith laying an emphasis on variety.
Mindfulness should be practiced while eating. Eat your food with your sole attention on it. See, smell, taste and chew the food well.
Above all a joyful heart is the best nourishment. Cheers !!! KD…