Diet is an important part of the life of a soon-to-be mother. Nutrition not only helps with the health of your baby but also keeps your body healthy to support your baby’s growth. Change in food habits is often witnessed during pregnancy. You might develop a liking towards certain foods that you didn’t like before and vice versa. With festivities right around the corner, you must be thinking about what you can eat and what you should avoid. We have answers for all your questions. This guide to healthy eating for expecting mommies during the festive season will help you navigate your way through.
As festivals are all about eating sweets and spicy food, fasting afterwards helps with keeping your diet balanced and you and your baby healthy. Following is how you can fast during pregnancy while keeping your diet balanced:
- Incorporate whole grains like buckwheat, Sabudana, Millets, Ragi, Amaranth, Samak, etc in your meal as they are rich in fibre and provide you with sufficient energy.
- Foods like paneer, curd, milk, tofu, legumes and sprouts help in muscle development.
- Eat a good portion of fruits and vegetables like apple, pear, potato, pumpkin, lauki, etc. to pump up your antioxidants.
- Incorporate a lot of vitamin A-rich foods on the diet like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, orange, muskmelon, etc.
- Try to cut down on sugar and sweets and swap them with nuts and fruits to get the natural sugars and to build immunity as well.
- Avoid consuming deep-fried foods like chips, packed foods and caffeine.
- Keep yourself hydrated with water and other fluids like coconut tender water, juice, smoothies and shakes. It will help boost your metabolism.
Fasting is done in order to avoid falling ill due to seasonal changes. People avoid non-vegetarian food along with garlic, onion and strong spices to keep the stomach light and for the body to gain energy from carbohydrates and natural sugars of fruits and vegetables. As an expecting mother, you must consult your doctor before you fast. If allowed, try to keep eating nutritious food at short intervals. During pregnancy, it is advisable to focus on the quality of food rather than the quantity. If you get stuck anywhere about your diet talk to your doctor. Festivities can leave you feeling tired. To feel more relaxed, wear loose clothes. A whole range of maternity wear is available at this online store. Avoid going out in the heat of noon.
Keep hydrated and keep eating healthy!