Gone are the days when people are unaware of the effect the different types of food you eat affect your baby. Now, it is found that majority of woman are very careful about their diet during pregnancy and wants to have the right food which nourishes and helps in the development of the baby, and that’s why they concentrate on veggies and greens- Diet.
It is important to know that during pregnancy you might feel like avoiding some kinds of food, I have seen staunch non vegetarians become vegetarians during the first trimester; some women crave a special food and keep over eating that particular food.
Well, eating too much during pregnancy is as precarious as eating too little. So make sure that you take a balanced diet of all the required nutrition to you as well as your baby.
Things to add to your Diet
Focusing on whole grains, beans and legumes, fruits, leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds is a perfect diet during pregnancy. Try to fill your plate with all colorful food which itself makes sure that you are having a good variety of food necessary for the baby growth.
All the natural produce is loaded with natural vitamins and minerals. Taking them would give natural protect your baby from the womb.
I would always suggest not taking any bottled supplement, rather going to natural supplements like vegetable juices such as the carrot juice, beetroot juice and fruit juices will be more helpful. A big no to all those preservatives for your precious child.
A pregnant woman needs complex carbohydrates to make energy. Carbohydrate is important, and it won’t make you fat but not taking them will make you miserable and you might tend to eat other foods. Include whole grains, which are fully packed with vitamins and minerals. You can have Rice, wheat, barley, oats, millets, whole grain breads.
For the normal growth of your child you need carbohydrates in the right amount, so check the portion of grains on your plate, they need to be ¼ th of your plate. You can take porridge in the morning, avoid sweet porridge, however once a while having sweet porridge is fine.
Beans and Legumes
When you’re pregnant it might be difficult for you to cook at all times, so by just having a bowl of steamed beans or legumes will do. Add different varieties of beans and legumes every day, as each variety have different health benefits, so consuming atleast two types of beans a day will fulfill the daily nourishments.
You can make chat our of these legumes which is very tasty and healthy, just replace sprouted, boiled legumes instead of potato in your pani puris and other chat items you would surely love them.
It is important to have dark and colorful vegetables, fruits and dark green leafy vegetables to your diet, as they are full of folic acids which are essential nutrients for developing the babies skeletal and nervous system.
Adding colorful fruits and vegetables have different nutrients in their skin, and thus providing different benefits. Antioxidants are very important these days, so do not forget to add colour to your plate.
Pregnancy makes you hungry and instead of having one big meal which is not good, have small portions at several intervals, and have healthy snacks like fruit salads or consuming a whole fruit.
Take one gooseberry every day, lemon juice with salt will give you all the vitamin c required, water melon and banana are very good to remain hydrated and also nourishes your child’s skin.
Nuts and Seeds at Intervals
Nuts and seeds both have minerals and vitamins loaded in them, so it is better to have a handful of both and can be the best snack as it satisfies hunger. Aim to have them raw without adding tasting ingredients like salt or roasted.
Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water and keep a measure and check whether you are drinking the right amount, you can also have herbal induced tea with ginger and lemon.