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The baby growing within you is made out of what you are and what you eat. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you have fresh and wholesome foods and pay close attention to your diet and nourishment during pregnancy.
Eat all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent), but emphasise more on sweet, sour, and salty. Your diet must include dairy products (whole milk, curd, paneer), sweeteners (honey, jaggery, and natural sugar), fats (olive oils and ghee), beans, spices (Cummins, fennels, and ginger), nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews), and fresh fruits and vegetables.
How food is eaten is just as important as what food is eaten for the mother. You should feel light, happy, and satisfied after your meal. There should at least a gap of three hours between the meals and you should be sitting while eating. Enjoy your meal time. Make it a pleasant experience. And do not have any distractions around you, like TV and mobile phones, while eating.
Sattvic foods build ojas. They boost immunity and impart energy. Sattvic diet includes almost everything mentioned above, but most importantly it includes milk and ghee. Ghee is nourishing for you and your baby. Warm milk with turmeric helps to keep Agni, the digestive fire, burning for better digestion. However, you should have it between the meals as a snack.
Pay attention to your body’s message. Eat when hungry, take rest when tired, do not push yourself too much. In case of major discomfort consult to your doctor. The food should be as per your taste and cooked as it is easy to digest. Eat whatever you want, as long as its organic and not harmful to the foetus. A good diet will help the mother and the baby to stay happy and healthy.
It is essential to keep the foetus nourished throughout pregnancy. If the baby is underweight or malnourished at the time of birth, it can attract diseases later in life. If the foetus is given insufficient nutrition, the chances of having underdeveloped organs are high.
To know more about how to bring a healthy baby into this world, speak to one of our doctors about the Jiva AyurBaby program. It guides couples on all aspects of pregnancy, right from conception to prenatal care and even afterwards. Talk to a Jiva doctor today, dial 0129-4040404 or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in Jiva Health App.
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