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Getting Smart at Eating during Pregnancy

Getting Smart at Eating during Pregnancy

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Here are some useful tips that will help you eat right during pregnancy.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Start your day with freshly cut seasonal fruits or a glass of fruit juice. Say bye to that cup of coffee or tea which contains caffeine and has no nutritional value.
A few nuts such as almonds, walnuts are also great for starting your day.
If you find it hard to chuck that cup of tea or coffee, at least try avoiding it before, during or soon after a meal.

Planning your diet in advance and stocking up on the healthy foods will help you get smart at eating during pregnancy.

Have a wholesome homemade
breakfast such as poha, thalipith, paratha curd, idli sambar, dosa chutney, vegetable upma which are rich sources of nutrients.

Breakfast cereals are fortified with nutrients, however don’t forget that they are processed foods with additives, flavours and artificial colours.
As you need to eat small and frequent meals, add a mid-morning and mid afternoon in your diet plan. Buttermilk, lassi, a handful of peanuts/roasted makhana, sprouts, are great options for these between the meals munch.
For a nourishing lunch and dinner, choose from whole grains such as whole wheat, jowar, bajra, rice, raagi, rajgira along with vegetables and a protein source such as pulses, legumes, egg, fish or chicken.
Use methods like sprouting, and fermentation which improve digestibility of foods and also increase B-complex vitamins and vitamin C.
Avoid long gaps between meals, feasting or binge eating.
Eat a variety of foods from such as whole grains, pulses, legumes, milk and milk products, seasonal fruits and vegetables
Include fish, chicken, eggs to provide you with good-quality protein. If you are a vegetarian, combining or including cereal, pulses and milk products within a day can also help you getgood-quality protein 
Throw in some sprouted mung/boiled beans/paneer cubes into your vegetable salad to add some protein.
Include fibre-rich foods to prevent constipation.
Include milk and milk products, as they provide calcium in a form that is easily available to your body.
You can make sure that your body absorbs most of the iron in your diet by including citrus foods, sprouted legumes and using fermented foods.
Avoid excess. Watch out for hidden salt in foods such as pickles, sauces.
Stay hydrated by drinking 8–12 glasses of every day.
Stay clear of wrong that stop you from eating nutritious foods.

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