Pregnancy is a blessed time and unforgettable experience. But dear soon-to-be-mothers, this is going to take 40 long weeks and you have to take utmost care of yourself and your baby. This involves eating the right kinds of food for pregnant women. Include these foods in your pregnancy diet plan.
Pregnancy Diet Plan: Here Are The Best Foods
1. Follow A Satvik Diet.
Ayurvedic texts highly recommend a satvik diet. Such a diet increases clarity and calmness. Satvik foods deliver cosmic life force or ‘prana‘ to the body. They help build vitality or ‘ojas‘. Food for pregnant women should be pure and fresh. Satvik foods are grounding and are easily digestible. Eat whole grains, organic dairy, beans, fruits, nuts, and freshly cooked vegetables. Avoid raw vegetables and too much refined sweets.
2. Be Generous With Oils And Fats.
During pregnancy, Vata dosha is dominant, and oils as well as fats balance Vata. Cook food in ghee with Ayurvedic spices. Healthy fats such as coconut or olive oil are a good pregnancy food. Also eat other healthy-fat foods like almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
- For your precious one’s vitality and immunity, take this Ayurvedic mix daily: a tsp ghee in a tsp of warm milk.
- And for peaceful sleep and regular bowels, mix ½ tsp each of cardamom and turmeric powder to a cup of warm milk. Once it dissolves, add a teaspoon of raw honey and drink warm.
3. Snack Healthy.
You have a life growing within you and so hunger pangs are absolutely natural. Just eat healthy pregnancy food to satisfy those cravings…but don’t over indulge. You can:
- Munch on whole grain foods, roasted peanuts and chickpeas for fiber.
- Eat cheese, corn or vegetable sandwiches for taste and nutrition.
- Enjoy steamed snacks like spinach idlis to stay filled until the next meal.
- Have desserts made with jaggery in pure ghee for your sweet tooth.
- If you want to avoid a heavy snack, then just sip a cup of your favourite green tea.
4. Keep Yourself Hydrated.
Your pregnancy diet plan must include lots of water and fresh juices – so that your body is well hydrated and your pregnancy goes smooth. Take in plenty of fruit and vegetable juices. Whisk or blend them into smoothies. Drink them plain. If you want something salty, drink a glass of buttermilk. For sweetness, drink a lemonade. Enjoy coconut water for energy and coolness in the summer.
5. Meet All Your Nutrition Needs.
Food for pregnant women must meet all her nutritional needs. Fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants…your diet should be well-balanced. There are some specific foods that are especially helpful:
- Dark leafy greens are rich in folic acid and iron. Iron carries oxygen to your muscles and to your growing unborn.
- Legumes like black eyed peas and lima beans help prevent neural defects in the unborn.
- Amla, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli, and tomatoes are good for their high Vitamin C content.
- Lentils and beans provide proteins.
- For dairy, choose organic whole milk or grass fed dairy. Eat curd or yogurt for calcium and Vitamin D. This is very important for your bone health.
- For carbohydrates, eat whole grains, brown rice or oatmeal. They will provide you energy.
- Different coloured fruits and vegetables are low in calories but rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
- Go for organically grown local produce. It is generally safe from harmful chemicals and pesticides.
As an expectant mother, we hope this article will help you choose the right kind of pregnancy food and follow a carefully planned pregnancy diet plan. Take care!
Note: Articles on Ayurvedum are solely for the purpose of sharing the goodness of Ayurveda and bringing awareness on natural and healthy living. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.