Hey new mommy!! It looks like all the confusion over your pregnancy is over. You must be excited to have learned that you are soon going to be a mom! Isn’t it?
Pregnancy will take you on cloud nine in one moment and in the other moment, you must be utterly confused, depressed or scared. It is absolutely okay to be feeling so confused at times. This is indeed a common feeling amongst all the expecting moms to be.
Motherhood is indeed one of the best miracles of nature which give you an opportunity to bring a new life into this world. By the time you realize that you have conceived or say by the time you test positive for pregnancy, you are already two to three weeks pregnant.
So, unknowingly you must have been eating junk, having beverages, working out, skipping meals, lifting weights, etc. and now learning that you are pregnant, you must be terrified. After all! We have heard all this while that the first three months are very critical for pregnancy.
But, you need to relax, sit back and enjoy this new journey. In 90% of cases, the pregnancy is confirmed only between 2 to 8 weeks. The foetus remains healthy irrespective of what you have eaten unknowingly. Your body keeps supplying the essential nutrients to the foetus of course but having an awareness that you are pregnant will help you to eat what you must.
So, let us see what you must eat and you must not eat during pregnancy.
Foods to avoid in Pregnancy
Though doctors recommend a regular healthy homemade food during pregnancy, yet, there are certain foods that you must avoid eating during pregnancy.
- Caffeine-rich beverages: Coffee or chocolates containing excessive caffeine is restricted during pregnancy. Caffeine increases the blood pressure and the heartbeat, both of which is not favourable during pregnancy. It also increases the frequency of urination and dries off the body causing dehydration.
- Junk food: Avoid eating junk food during pregnancy which is extremely high in salt, butter and may contain harmful preservatives too. As it is, junk food does not have any nutritive value and requires a great effort to get digested. The poor quality fat present in junk food is not suitable for your foetus too.
- Packaged drinks: They contain an excess amount of carbs and harmful preservatives. Such drinks are not encouraged in day to day life as well. So, for pregnancy you must take only fresh juices made at home.
- Sea Food: Dangerous levels of heavy metal toxins have been found in the sea water food. There is severe contamination of mercury found in seafood. Mercury or any other toxic metal if eaten can hamper the foetal brain development.
- Pineapple: Earlier, pineapples were avoided during pregnancy. Now, various theories float around to support why it should be avoided. Some believed that the heat generated may lead to miscarriage. Other scientific theories suggested that it releases a chemical that contributes towards miscarriage.
But, nowadays there is a severe discrepancy in this. Pineapple is suggested to be eaten by most doctors and is considered safe.
- Unripe Papaya: Unripe papaya releases some latex-like substance, which leads to premature labour pain. Though ripe papaya is considered safe, elderlies and doctors earlier believed that papaya produces too much heat in the body making it unfavourable for foetal development.
Unripe papaya surely must be avoided.
- Unpasteurized milk: Unpasteurized milk should be avoided during pregnancy. Consume only safe pasteurized milk which will contribute towards proper foetal development.
Foods that you must have during pregnancy:
- Multivitamin, calcium and iron pills: It is essential to take multivitamin, calcium and iron supplements as prescribed by your doctor. Though the food provides your body with all main nutrients, there is an enormous requirement of vitamins, calcium and iron for foetal development. Hence, these pills help to replenish the deprived nutrients in the body.
- Fresh fruits: Fresh fruits are rich in vitamins and fibre. These are incredibly nourishing and also aids in proper digestion. Every pregnant woman should have fruits for breakfast.
- Vegetables: Consume as many vegetables as you can as they provide the body with all necessary macro and micronutrients. You must eat more of vegetables, dal and protein-rich diet to help your foetus develop better.
- Carbohydrate-rich food: Even carbohydrates are necessary to provide the body with sufficient energy to carry out all the vital processes of the body along with foetal development. The diet should be rich in carbohydrates, protein, vegetables and salad.
- Abundant water: Your kidney and liver are working extremely hard to purify the blood. The blood gets thinned post first trimester to be able to reach foetus faster. So, please help your body to ease out a little by drinking abundant water.
Not drinking enough water may even reduce the amniotic fluid formation in the uterus.
- Eat Iron-rich food: Iron is an essential component of haemoglobin that forms the blood. So, eat food rich in iron such as green leafy vegetables, dates, pomegranates, carrot, etc.
- Milk products: Fresh milk, cheese, paneer and curd should be a regular meal accompaniment in the morning or evenings. Drink milk at least twice in a day. If you are not used to having milk, then you can take cheese, paneer, curd, etc. to make up for your body’s calcium requirement.
- Meet or eggs: If you are a non-vegetarian than non-veg diet will provide an excellent protein requirement to the body. Protein intake must be good during pregnancy.
- Nuts: Taking soaked almonds, raisins, cashews, soaked walnuts can be very helpful. These contain a high amount of nutritive content.
The earlier beliefs of eating for two stands invalid now. The body requires 200 to 300 calories of energy extra per day. So, don’t overeat thinking your growing baby needs it, rather eat healthy and frequent meals. Also, don’t think about becoming overweight as soon after delivery when you breastfeed you will start losing weight.
Pregnancy is a physiological process and is a natural state of human lifecycle. There is no need to panic with such advanced medical help available everywhere. You need to believe that you will have a painless, comfortable delivery and this positive affirmation will bring up your confidence and will help you to have the best of the experience.
You must avoid talking to people with negative beliefs. Also, avoid reading painful delivery stories online. What happened to others may not be true in everyone’s case. There are also stories of mothers having a smooth and almost painless deliveries. So, the only thing you need to do is to stay positive during pregnancy and be thankful to God that he has chosen you to bring a new life into this world!
It is undoubtedly going to be an incredible journey that you would love walking through😊