Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
Oct. 26, 2010
A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.
Especially for the first timers pregnancy brings along a lot of questions, queries and curiosities. She with the fascination of bringing a new life to the world also in the corner of her heart feels fearful about everything she does. She wants to make everything perfect for the growing baby and the future happenings. Normal delivery with a healthy mother and child is what is desired. Here the two main aspects to be monitored throughout include the physical and dietary segment.
Physically a mother should be strong enough to bear the pains and conduct everything in a normal way. Within the 9 months specific instructions are laid down to not to exert or physically exert herself at any time. She should take complete rest and avoid any kind of heavy and jerky movements. The adequate care gives her enough strength to take through. Also though exertion is to be absolutely avoided but a little walk is advisable to keep the body running smooth and curtail odds like constipation that usually arise with the sudden required change in the lifestyle.
Food in the whole span of gestation should be nutritious, light and easily digestible. Heavy food full of fats or a meal full of chocolates and ice creams is a complete no, these add just to the calories and no nutrition. These sweet delectable’s can be used to pamper you once in a while but are a sheer waste in context to the pregnancy diet. The Indian food culture is a little different from the rest of the world and so are its guided notions. Often Indian families start serving the mother with the food for two from day one to compensate the demands. Also the traditional food with ghee filled chapattis is very much prevalent. But that’s not correct pregnancy doesn’t mean eating for two. The calorie intake is to be raised but not to be doubled. Further the diet should majorly comprise of proteins, vitamins, minerals and calcium. The quantity of food is irrelevant what counts is the quality content.
Proposed Indian pregnancy diet
The meals as mentioned should be light, frequent and full of nutrients. The food at all times should be hygienic; it is of utmost importance, never to have the typical Indian street food with curd, chaats etc. Salads, fresh juices prepared outside the household are to be restricted too. If required only cooked food should be taken from outside and fresh food preparations at home too should be prepared under inspection neat, clean food is the key. Another caution is to avoid papaya, pineapple and tulsi (holy basil), excessively sweet food in any form.
- For breakfast one can begin with a bowl of Dalia, followed by 1 egg or else if the mother is vegetarian then paneer. Two slices of bread butter, a glass of milk and a fruit.
- Lunch with chapattis / rice, a serving of pulses, curd and vegetables is a must. Homemade salads can be added
- Evening one can have some tea with 2 biscuits or a fruit.
- Dinner in addition to the lunch a mother should ad on some paneer or meat or fish within the meal.
- At bedtime have a glass of milk again.