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What you eat and drink during pregnancy has a huge impact on your growing baby. That’s why pregnant women have to be extra careful about what they’re putting into their body. It’s also important not to give into cravings and have just about anything and everything. For example, a cup of coffee or a can of cold drink might be really tempting, but it’s neither healthy not nutritious for you or your developing baby. Here are a few alternatives that will leave you feeling refreshed without compromising on your health or that of your baby.
During pregnancy, the body requires more water to cope with the demands of the changing body. It is essential for expecting mothers to maintain healthy blood cells and keep the body hydrated, and that’s why they should drink as much water as possible.
Due to its high electrolyte content, coconut water is one of the best ways to quench your thirst and keep your body hydrated. Electrolytes also help maintain blood volume, heart health, and keep away fatigue, stress. It also helps relax the muscles of the body and reduce cramps.
A glass of nimbu paani, or lemonade, provides you with a lot of vitamin C, which helps in the effective absorption of iron. You can sip on this refreshing drink throughout the day. Mixing mint leaves and crushed ginger into the drink can help with morning sickness as well.
Milk is rich in calcium, proteins, and vitamin B12. Having a glass of chilled skimmed milk or buttermilk is a great way to stay cool and hydrated during summer. Alternatively, you could also have curd or lassi as a healthy snack in between meals.
Freshly squeezed juices from sweet lime, orange, pineapple, and watermelon are great during hot summer days. They are packed with natural nutrients that are necessary for the body’s health.
No matter how healthy vegetables might be for you, not everybody likes to have them very happily. Pregnant women, especially, with their heightened sense of taste and smell, may not want to eat vegetables at all. For them, vegetable juices (mixed with fruit juices) are a great option. Not only does it give vegetables a more palatable form, it also provides women with the nutrition required during this delicate phase.
It is important to keep your fluid levels up during pregnancy as it helps you stay hydrated and healthy. But, remember that not all drinks are safe for the body. Avoid drinking alcohol, energy drinks, or anything that’s bottled or processed and stick the ones recommended above to have a safe and happy pregnancy.
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