Are you expecting? But, dear to-be-mom, with the easy access to junk food, I don’t want you to opt for an easy way out. It sure is difficult to maintain a balance, but pregnancy is a beautiful and critical phase of a woman’s life. Poor eating habits during pregnancy can lead to deeper implications such as birth-related complications.
What’s a must-eat is a diet rich Protein derived from lentils and eggs, plus fibre you found in supergrains, I’d say- more ancient than modern (which are now finding their space on shelved) like ragi, jowar and amaranth. It is also important to nourish yourself with healthy fats. The diet is only balanced with an addition of season-friendly fruits and a variety of veggies. I loved coconut water, you could do it with some chaach (buttermilk) or lassi (jaggery and not sugar).
Here are some foods that you can include in your pregnancy diet.
1. Lentils and legumes: A way to achieve your daily dose of proteins is by targeting a protein-rich diet which is a rich combination of lentils like moong, green gram and a whole variety of different pulses and legumes. This food item is also loaded with one of the most important types of vitamin B, aka folic acid. Also found in kidney beans, whole wheat-based products, etc.
2.Green leafy vegetables: Just as an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a green does the same. By greens, I mean spinach, and broccoli. Yes, mint, coriander like herbs are also good to have. They include fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, folate and potassium, which are amongst the most vital nutrients needed by pregnant women. If you thought spinach is seasonal, I’d say try this spinach dosa mix It is available all-around the year. Is preservative free and flavoursome.
3. Whole Grains and Flour: Whole-grain breads and cereals are fortified with folic acid, iron and fibre. Opt for supergrains such as Ragi, Jowar and Bengal gram flour. Avoid maida or all-purpose flour.
4. Dairy Products: A calcium-rich diet is highly recommended for expecting mothers. Calcium is essential for maintaining the health of the mother’s bones and to ensure proper bone and teeth development of the baby.
Hope you appreciated my suggestions. Stay safe and eat healthy. Above all, stay happy and healthy because that is what is the need of the hour. Most people around will tell you how first-month pregnancy food should be packed with nutrition, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrate, fat, and protein without too many calories. This is an ideal diet essentially required for the fetus to grow. Follow a good eating routine. Manage food cravings and food aversions and tackle the ‘eat whatever you want’ stereotype. Combat your food cravings with healthier options because junk food does not give you the nutrition you require. Grace and embrace all the changes your body is going to undergo and we wish you happiness in this journey of yours. “A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.”