You are about to bring a new life into the world therefore it’s most important to make sure you have a healthy, balanced diet for you and your growing baby.Nutrition during pregnancy is crucial to ensure the healthy development of your unborn child.
1.Expectant moms generally run low on their immunity during pregnancy, Cardamom can be really helpful for them to keep up in good health.Being a diuretic and fiber rich spice, cardamom helps improve blood circulation to lungs & significantly lowers blood pressure.
2.Cardamom is a great antioxidant ! Rich in many vitamins, phytonutrients & essential oils, cardamom helps body detoxify, cleaning up free radicals.Sipping a cup of cardamom tea can, in no time, get rid of nausea and winter related flu and headaches!
4.You must avoid selecting products that contain certain additives & preservatives.Always try to buy fresh foods to ensure best of nutrients for you and your unborn child for best of health and growth.
6.Try to limit intake of processed foods altogether as additives are always higher in packaged products to increase their shelf life.
7.Going veggie can help you in lowering blood pressure.High blood pressure can harm the mother’s kidneys and other organs & it can result in low birth weight and early delivery as well..
8.Foods of plant origin, particularly vegetables, grains, legumes & fruits could be a good way to treat high blood pressure without medication as they are rich in potassium, and potassium lowers blood pressure.
9.A number of previous studies have found that babies tend to weigh more and grow more quickly if expectant mothers drink milk.Children born to women who drink milk (min. 150 ml/day) during pregnancy are more likely to be tall when they are teenagers, compared to children born to women who drank less than that amount.
10.You can use a lot Ginger in winter as it has a lot of heat, which is needed during the winter. Ginger stimulates circulation & eases congestion in the throat and lungs. Ginger also known to soothe upset stomachs and fight nausea.Ginger is also very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress & has excellent antioxidant benefits too..
11.Yogurt is an excellent source of protein, calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 for mums-to-be and their growing unborn babies. It is easily digestible in comparison to milk as it contains friendly probiotic bacteria to ease digestion and boosts your & your baby’s immunity.Plain yogurt contains more calcium than milk and helps build stronger bones of your baby and strengthens your bones too.
12.Having a cup or two occasionally is alright but consuming more of caffeine regularly can have adverse effects on your baby. Higher consumption of caffeine are linked to reduced weight of the babies and are prone to other complications like faster heartbeats, increased breathing rates etc.On higher side the intake of caffeine should not be more then 200 mg per day.
13.Packed with protein, walnuts are another super food for vegetarians. They are also rich in vitamin B complex and vitamin content such as folate, riboflavin, thiamin and others, much essential for pregnant women.
14.Lentils are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber & their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after the meals.Lentils also provide good amounts of six important minerals, folate, two B-vitamins, iron & protein.
15.Pregnant women needs at least 85 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day.Oranges contain vitamin A and C. There are approximately 90 percent water and have fewer calories, but high in fiber. During pregnancy you must have oranges or orange juice on regular basis.Research suggests that consumption of vitamin C helps your baby develop a healthy immune system and keeps your baby’s brain healthy.