Diet Care For Pregnant Woman and Top 10 Dos and Dont's during Pregnancy

Change of life during pregnancy
Once you get pregnant you no longer stay the same. What I mean to say is that another life is linked to your life. So it cannot be the same any more. Lot of changes occurs in your life during your pregnancy period. Say for example when your 12 weeks pregnant you will be subjected to heartburn which is quite common which occurs due to high quality of progesterone that takes place in your body, but at the same time it may vary from person to person.

One woman can feel mild irritation while another 12 weeks pregnant woman might be bit uncomfortable. When you become 18 weeks pregnancy you will notice that the hunger will get intensified and makes crucial to have right kind of food that is healthy and safe during pregnancy. Foods can be taken with high value in nutrients, sufficient amount of minerals, and vitamins. This not only keeps you healthy but also makes sure that your child develops healthy.
When you are 18 weeks pregnant the major change occur within you is your cardiovascular system. Blood pressure might get reduced when you reach 18 weeks of pregnancy and keep in mind while you take a leap, because this might make you dizzy due to reduced blood pressure. When you sleep, be sure you do it on your side, since if you lie on your back chances is that your uterus may press down on a chief blood vessel and may limit blood flow back to your heart.

As we discussed earlier your body and well as your life undergo many changes during pregnancy, observe the changes taking place and follow necessary steps to take, which we will discuss more. This is to make sure that you and your cute and healthy baby stay fit all through this important phase of your life.

Leaking Breasts During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant your body tends to develop lot of changes. The most observable of this is growth of your baby. However, another common change you observe especially as your pregnancy progresses is that you have leaky breasts. This is a sign that your body is getting ready for labor and delivery, and preparing food source to your baby.
When you have leaky breasts during pregnancy it’s not the milk, but colostrum which tends to be clear, sticky and sweet to the taste. This is actually the first milk that your baby takes during those pregnancy days. Although it is not common, but some woman will have leaky breasts early in pregnancy. The most common time to start leaky is actually late in the second trimester around 26 to 30 weeks. As you get close to delivery date, and you are more likely to have leaking breasts. But, some will not experience any leaking breasts until after their baby is born.

If you are concerned about leaking of breasts much during the pregnancy, better to take advice of your doctor, so that she can help to identify your problem you might be having from a medical point of view.

Top 10 Dos and Dont's during Pregnancy
1. Avoid sexual activity during first trimester, this is because your baby’s vital organs are developing and during the time, sex can hamper this development.

2. Picking weights should be completely avoided during pregnancy, but anything less than two kilos is exempted.

3. No Hospital visits. Say big NO NO to hospital visits except your own doctors checkups and appointments. In hospital you are exposed to any stray infections that could affect you and your baby.

4. Avoid tight clothing.

5. Should take sufficient rest and avoid taking stress.

6. Fiber rich food is recommended during this stage, have sufficient low fat milk, and have yogurt to have sufficient calcium.

7. Have regular prenatal care checkups.

8. Get into regular physical exercise like walks to keep you fit. (Take advice of your doctor first and start)

9. Getting flu shot. Pregnant woman can get sick from the flu and may need hospital care.

10. Make sure your health problems are treated and kept under control. If you have diabetes, blood sugar levels should be under control.

Diet care for pregnant woman

During pregnancy mothers always get confused what to take and what not to. Some say that they should take diet of two people, the reason is that she should take care of another life. But that’s not true the mother should take a balanced diet to get proper nutrition to their body and child.

Balanced diet can also be taken as quantity, quality and reaction or allergy of any food on mother. Following diet may help you in taking care of your child and your baby to stay healthy.

1. Vitamin A must be controlled or can be avoided during pregnancy as it can cause damage to embryo.

2. Avoid fast foods which contains tasting salt.

3. Cabbage, Cauliflower and all long green vegetable like Tondali, Turai, Louki, Parwal, Spinach, Govari should be used. Keep balance rather than using same vegetable all time.

4. Reduce brinja, yam or kandha, celery, onion, garlic, ginger, pepper, asfoetida, mustadard, bajara,, carom seeds (ajawain), jaggery from your diet. Any previous history of abortion better they avoid these things.

5. Woman who is suffering from constipation, gas, bloating must avoid peas and other heavy digest foods like cereals, potato. They must take green gram as it is easy to digest and gives protein

6. Black grapes, banana, ripe mango, dates, cashewnuts, apricot are beneficial.
7. Rice, murmure, kichri, chapathi, paratha, thepla are the items made from wheat and rice are quite beneficial.

8. Sandwich, bakery bread, bun, dhokla, pizza, handva, pancake, khaman steam rice cake, curd, tomato, tamarind, kadhi usually increase swellings and acidity so try to avoid such items.

9. Indian women tend to carry out fasts during pregnancy which is not good for health.

10. Do not eat left over or deep frozen foods.

11. Avoid Cool drinks, mutton, cocoa,chicken, eggs, alcohol, betel nut.

12. Always try to remember that the baby inside depends on you for proper nutrition. So if you will take healthy and balanced diet your child will become healthy.

Fruits to avoid during pregnancy
Papaya: Many cultures firmly believe that eating papayas during pregnancy is a strict no, no. Papaya intake apparently brings on labour early.

Pineapple: This fruit too is considered by many as a pregnancy no, no. Pineapples are rich in bromelain which can cause the softening of the cervix leading to early labour.

Grapes: It has been suggested by many medical professionals that pregnant women in their last trimester should avoid fruits such as grapes because of their heat content.

Some Excellent Fruit Choice

Fresh is best. Think beyond Apples, Oranges and Bananas.
  1. Apricots
  2. Blueberries
  3. Cantaloupe
  4. Cherries
  5. Grapefruit or grapefruit juice grapes
  6. Guava
  7. Kiwi
  8. Mango
  9. Papaya
  10. Pear
  11. Pineapple
  12. Raspberries 
  13. Blackberries 
  14. Strawberries
  15. Tangerines
  16. Watermelon

Avoid below things:


Celery Leaf

Tasting Salt - Ajinomot


Must to take below things:
Bottle Gourd
Cluster Beans

Ivy Gourd - Tondali (Hindi Name)

Pointed Gourd - Parwal (Hindi Name)

Ridge Gourd - Turai (Hindi Name)

Month by Month Guide for Pregnant Woman

Months One, Two and Three
By the end of the third month you will gain increase to few pounds. Due to hormonal changes you will feel tired ,  so plan for extra rest by taking small naps when you can.  You have to feel more energetic by the end of the third month.Try to urinate more frequently. Which is common during first trimester of pregnancy  and right before baby is born Caution: Wear greater comfort clothes with loose fittings.                  Visit your health care provider by the second month to confirm. Regular checkup should be                  planned for your prenatal care. Feelings: Share your feeling. Especially if your are tired. You may feel overweight and clumsy which indicates your body is preparing for pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Month Four
By the end of the third month and while entering fourth month you feel more energetic. By this time the sensation of Nausea and fatigue should have been stopped. And the belly looks larger as the baby started growing Diet: During Pregnancy intake of iron should be increased. Be sure you get enough iron in your food, have leafy green vegetables, dried fruits, and beans. 
Month Five
While you are in fifth month you have to stand and move often. Continue to do this throughout the reminder of your pregnancy. In this 5th month your breasts may begin to leak a yellowish fluid called colostrums in preparation for breastfeeding. And may feel the movement of the baby Diet: Be sure to eat food rich in Vitamin C. Your body does not store Vitamin C, so it is important to get a fresh supply every day. Good sources of Vitamin C are oranges, broccoli and tomatoes. 
Month Six
During this period you might have gained 3 to 4 pounds this month. Your feet may swell during the later stages of pregnancy. Putting up may help reduce any ankle swelling. Use wide, comfortable shoes, with a flat heel. Diet: During this month you may carve for food which may not suitable try to find substitutes that provide the right nutrients
Month Seven
You tend to tire more easily. Ask for your partners help. If you work shorter hours arrange for a more flexible schedule if possible.  Rest when you can more rest is needed. Feelings: Mood swings and increased irritability are common during the last three months of pregnancy. Be sure to discuss your feelings with your partner
Month Eight
Increase in frequency of urination, backaches, anxiety, heartburn and shortness of breath occur at this time.  Get larger maternity clothes because you will be growing quite a bit. Diet: What you eat is important and strictly follow your diet prescribed by your healthcare provider (Doctor) .Taking warm shower before bed can also help you relax and make you sleepy.
Month Nine
Your stomach may change shape as the baby begins to position itself for birth. It may be easier to breath now, but you may have to urinate more often. Get plenty of rest. Hospital Stay : Make arrangements for your hospital stay. Keep important phone numbers of the near by good hospitals. Plan how you will get there at different times of the day or night in before.

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