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What Type Of Diet Is Beneficial During Pregnancy?

Dr. Sunita Singh 82% (10 ratings)
Assistant Professor (PMCH), MS Obstetrics & Gynaecology, MBBS, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstretician, Consultant Gynecologist & obstetrician, Consultant Gynaecologist
Gynaecologist, Patna
What Type Of Diet Is Beneficial During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a life-changing experience, and you've got to be armed with the right nutrition to take it on!

For many moms-to-be, pregnancy is the time to rest, relaxation, and pampering and while for some, it may be stressful, especially if the pregnancy involves medical complications. Either way, it is a turning point in your life, physically, mentally, and emotionally. And food is an important part of this journey which requires a lot many changes in the diet, which has to be rightly balanced so that you are eating right for your belly and your baby.

A nutritious, balanced diet through pregnancy is important not only to maintain maternal nutritional needs, but also for the development of a healthy fetus. Remember, nutrition at this time needs to cater to the continuous adjustments in maternal body composition and metabolism.

The number of calories you will need to consume in addition to your regular diet is just 150 Kcal in the first trimester and 350 Kcal in the second and third. These surely need to be healthy calories, not empty calories. A clinical dietician will help you navigate the distribution of calories, but do keep them in check, as your maternal obesity puts you at risk for other serious medical conditions such as gestational diabetes. It may also put your baby at risk for future obesity and
other diseases.

Similarly, if you have morning sickness, you may not feel the urge to eat, and you may be underweight. In this case make each calorie count check, with nutritionally rich foods. Ensure that total weight gained throughout your pregnancy is between 12 and 14 kg. Cut down on refined sugar, and while ghee and butter are okay if you are not already overweight, avoid binging on them.

When it comes to pregnancy diet, there are certain foods that need to be definitely avoided. Foods that are too high in mercury or Vitamin A can pose a health risk to your baby, as can foods that are known to cause food borne illness such as Listeriosis and Salmonella poisoning. List of foods that are right for you and your baby.

For Boosting Your Baby Brain And Your Own Health:

Eat: fish, vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds, flax seed oil, dark leafy vegetables

Why: These are rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, an important component in boosting the development of the brain formation in the fetus, especially in the second half of pregnancy. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, US, Omega-3 is an integral part of the cell membranes and forms the building blocks of the fetal brain. While fish does contain mercury, US guidelines stipulate that two servings of fish in a week is safe. If you are not able to eat fish, ask your doctor if you should have a fish oil supplement. The two most beneficial forms of Omega-3s come from aquatic sources. But if you are vegetarian, you could try the other sources as well. This essential fatty acid is also known to reduce cholesterol, hence blood pressure.

For The Building And Strengthening Of Bones, For The Baby And You:

Eat: milk and dairy products, ragi (finger millet), broccoli, spinach

Why: To fulfill its own bone development requirement, the fetus will derive its calcium from the mother, whether or not the mother is getting adequate calcium herself. The National Institute of Nutrition has set the calcium needs for pregnant women and nursing mothers as double compared to non-pregnant women. You will need 1,200 mg per day. Two glasses of milk will give you approximately half the requirement. You can derive the rest from the other sources. Also make sure you get some sun, preferably in the morning, when it is not too warm, to help create vitamin D, necessary for good bone health.

Up Your Immunity:

Eat: colourful fruits and vegetables; probiotic foods such as yogurt

Why: Pregnancy is a time when you want to be safe and not catch any infections, especially those that can harm the fetus. Fruits and vegetables are antioxidant-rich. They have phytochemicals that naturally occur in plants, protecting them against infections. They'll help you do the same. Each colour gives a different benefit, so eat the rainbow through the week. Probiotic foods help maintain gut health. Set your own yogurt, as this contains many more 'good, healthful' bacteria than store-bought varieties.

For The Prevention Of Birth Defects In Baby:

Eat: legumes, green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, beans

Why: Legumes include lentils, peas, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, and peanuts. The group is a rich source of folic acid, which helps in prevention of neural tube defects (birth defects of the brain, spine or spinal cord). Folate is one of the B-vitamins (B9), especially important in the first trimester. Your doctor will provide you with supplements, but you can also make sure you get the vitamin in your diet. Folic acid works closely with vitamin B12, to make red blood cells and make iron work properly in the body. If possible, eat organic, so you're not taking in too many chemicals.

For Overall Growth And Development:

Eat: small amounts of red meat, chicken, spinach

Why: Iron is an essential nutrient, and is needed for fetal and placenta growth, as well as for the development of the mother's own tissue. About 50-70% of Indians are anemic, and this is a cause of serious concern. Your doctor will prescribe additional iron in the form of a supplement; however, you can also get it in the diet.

Foods to be avoided when you're pregnant:

  • Avoid unpasteurized milk.
  • Avoid Alcohol.
  • Avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish and eggs.
  • Avoid unwashed vegetables and fruits.
  • Avoid raw sprouts (Eating raw sprouts increases your risk of salmonella poisoning, which causes fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Be sure to cook sprouts thoroughly.)
  • oid excess of caffeine.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Diet Tips To Control, Prevent And Reverse Diabetes

Dt. Nidhi Bhalla 88% (10 ratings)
BSC, Diploma in Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Diet Tips To Control, Prevent And Reverse Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the worst diseases which has gripped majority of people today, thanks to our erratic work schedule followed by a lack of exercise and sleep, aggravated by the overindulgence in junk food. But, the good news is that you can control and even reverse diabetes by following some simple dietary tips.

The fact is dieting doesn’t mean starving; you can have tasty nutritious food which is mentally and physically rejuvenating.

Here are a few dietary tips you should follow to keep your blood sugar levels in check-

  1. Include adequate vegetables in your diet; especially which have high fibre content. Leafy vegetables such as spinach and vegetables such as peas, broccoli and beans are a must.
  2. Include high fibre foods such as chickpea wheat, oats and millets in your diet.
  3. Milk has the perfect combination of protein and carbohydrate and can control blood sugar levels.
  4. Make sure you eat pulses, especially those with husk and sprouts, as they keep your blood glucose levels normal. Even when you are having noodles, you must add sprouts to them apart from the vegetables.
  5. Foods which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent for combating diabetes. These include flax seed oil, nuts, fatty fish; these have a very small level of cholesterol.
  6. Consume high fibre fruits such as papaya, pear, orange, guava etc. Eat those fruits which have high sugar content such as mangoes or grapes, in moderation.

These are some of the foods which you should include in your diet. In addition, there are few everyday tips which you should follow-

  1. Make sure to have small frequent meals comprising of high fibre and low in carbohydrate foods.
  2. Methi or fenugreek seeds have high diabetes controlling mechanisms. Soak one tablespoon of the seeds in 100 ml of water overnight and have it in the morning.
  3. Exercise helps in managing blood sugar levels.
  4. Losing weight improves the functioning of the insulin.

Tip for sticking with a diabetes-friendly diet plan-

First and foremost, take small, manageable steps. Choose two or three things you want to work on. Once you feel you have mastered those you can move on to two or three more steps towards a healthier diet.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Sir my dad's is kidney patient doctor suggested for don't eat potassium linked foods. What are good foods to to be given a kidney patients.

Dt. Tanweer Fatima 87% (43 ratings)
Msc - Dietetics and Community Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Sir my dad's is kidney patient doctor suggested for don't eat potassium linked foods. What are good foods to to be gi...
Avoid citrus fruits ,banana and potatoes. Give him egg, chicken for good quality protein. For detailed plan mail me his all reports.
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I'm having a problem to gain weight, very skinny from childhood, now I have reached 20 years still not able to gain weight. What should I do?

Dt. Vimi Uppal 86% (23 ratings)
MSc-Food and Nutrition{Gold medalist}
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
I'm having a problem to gain weight, very skinny from childhood, now I have reached 20 years still not able to gain w...
For weight gain first thing that is important is appetite. U can improve this with regular exercise like walking. For weight gain hv foods that are calorie dense like dried fruits ,seeds, nuts, peanut butter, cream,butter, cows ghee. Granola.Have full fat milk and it's products. Make good use of healthy oils in diet like flax seed oil, olive oil. Have meals 5- 6 times daily.
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I am suffering from Psoriasis (skin disease). Does usage of Mustard Oil help in it's treatment. If yes - how. If not, could you help me in assisting in the treatment of the same with an alternative suggestion. Would require your advise.

Dr. Anvika Mittal 89% (46 ratings)
MD - Dermatology, MBBS, Diplomate of American Board of Laser Surgery
Dermatologist, Delhi
I am suffering from Psoriasis (skin disease). Does usage of Mustard Oil help in it's treatment. If yes - how.
If not,...
Keeping the skin hydrated definately helps in psoriasis. Apply flax seed oil. Have flax seeds orally every day and if non vegetarian: fish.Use SLS free soaps only like dove. Apply coconut oil before bathing. Dove soap while bathing. Any good body moisturizer after bathing. Flax seed oil at night. Have flax seeds every day. Avoid warm water baths. Apart from this one needs certain medicine prescribed by dermatologist.
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Post Natal Diet Plan

Dr. Jaina Patwa 87% (84 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Mumbai

Post Natal Diet Plan

Prefered foods during postpartum:
Fresh - warm - oily - soupy - moist - nourishing - delicious - creamy - digestible

Preferred proteins:
• boiled warm milk
• milk puddings w/o egg
• split lentils soaked overnight made into thin soup, perhaps
• almond or other nut milks
• nuts or seeds, well soaked (24 - 48 hours) for snack or prepared with soups,
Vegetables, grains, or sauces
• yogurt or buttermilk drink thinned half with water and seasoned with desired
Spices
• ricotta, cottage and other unfermented cheeses
• chicken and fish soups after about 4 weeks for non-vegetarians

Preferred carbohydrates:
• basmati rice (cook with an extra 1⁄2-1 cup water per cup of rice)
• unleavened wheat such as couscous, pastas, chapattis (unleavened tortillas)
• grains such as oats, quinoa and amaranth.
• favor less refined sugars such as honey, succanat, turbinado, and especially iron
Rich sweeteners such as dates, raisins, molasses and dark indian jaggery if available.

Preferred vegetables:
Prepare all vegetables until tender, season well and enjoy with healthy oils (sesame, sunflower, walnut, avocado, almond) or butter
• artichoke
• asparagus
• avocado
• beet
• carrot
• fresh dill and fennel
• okra
• pumpkin and winter squashes
• yams or sweet potatoes
After the first three weeks postpartum, the following vegetables can be introduced; summer squashes, green beans, broccoli, peeled eggplant, spinach or chard cooked with plenty oil, seasoning, salt, and lime or lemon juice.

Preferred fats:
Use healthy fats and oils more abundantly than normal. This is important for optimal rejuvenation. Fats are building blocks for hormones and are important support and functional components of the cell membrane. Research show that low blood lipids are associated with depression and low hormone levels.
Essential fatty acids (efas - omega 3, 6, and 9) are, as the name indicates, essential to the body, mind and nervous system. The brain does not produce enough of these important oils, and if we get depleted, we are likely to suffer from anxiety, restlessness, and depression. Furthermore, low breast milk production and engorgement has been linked to low efas. The brain is more than 60% fat and needs a lot of healthy oils for its health.
• flax seed oil
• ghee (clarified butter)
• butter
• sesame, toasted sesame, and sunflower oils
• coconut and olive oil in the summer

Can you suggest some simple recipes with flax seeds? Since it is good for diabetics. Is flax seeds available in chennai?

Dr. Preeti Saldi 92% (166 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Karnal
Can you suggest some simple recipes with flax seeds? Since it is good for diabetics. Is flax seeds available in chennai?
Flax seeds may be crushed and added to any recepies. They are available all over India at departmental stores. You must chew flax seeds well before swallowing for maximum benefit.
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Flax seeds powder make delay? For long time sex? If taken daily morning and night? Pls help.

Dr. Rahul Gupta 97% (16121 ratings)
MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Flax seeds powder make delay? For long time sex? If taken daily morning and night? Pls help.
Hello- Yes it can. Flax seeds have essential fatty acids, including omega-3 and omega-6, which are the major building blocks of all sex hormones.The flax seed oil helps to keep your sperms strong and mobile and, therefore is important in the treatment of male sterility (childlessness).
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What are the foods can avoided by psoriasis patient & what to eat. I am eating chapati daily evening is it good for me? Is there any permanent solution to cure psoriasis? Am suffering this in 2006 cured in month (medicines) it again came in 2014 still.

Dr. Samreth 87% (200 ratings)
BLS Curse, PG Diploma In Accupuncture, BHMS
Homeopath, Ernakulam
What are the foods can avoided by psoriasis patient & what to eat. I am eating chapati daily evening is it good for m...
Hi Mr. lybrate-user Avoid sour food items, egg plant, non veg ,refined sugar and reduce intake of carbohydrates (rice, maida) Take organic paneer and flax seed oil combination twice a day which will give you good relief. Thanx.
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Every time I grow my hairs bigger they get damaged rough dry what should I do too keep them healthy I used to oil them daily morning and night both the time but still this happens.

Dr. Shreyas Bansal 90% (1401 ratings)
MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga, PGDM
Homeopath, Indore
Every time I grow my hairs bigger they get damaged rough dry what should I do too keep them healthy I used to oil the...
Some of the tips for dry, damaged and rough hairs are- 1. Repair damage with an avocado- Mash a ripe avocado (pit removed) with one egg, then apply this home remedy to wet hair. Avocados are rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals that will help restore luster to your hair, Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. Repeat once a week for damaged hair and once a month for healthy hair. 2. Massage in butter- Try this home remedy: treat dry, brittle hair with a small amount of butter for a glossy shine. Massage it into your dry hair, then cover your hair with a shower cap for about a half hour. Shampoo as usual, and rinse all the butter out 3. Condition with olive oil- Put the moisture back into dry hair by warming up 1/2 cup olive oil (do not boil it), and then rubbing it into your hair. Cover tresses with a plastic bag, then wrap everything in a towel. Let this home remedy do its thing for 45 minutes, then shampoo and completely rinse 4. Rinse with tea- You may think of tea as a sore throat remedy, but you can also use it to give hair a natural shine. Use a quart of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) as a final rinse after your regular shampoo. Tea can enhance hair color, so make sure to use a tea that works with your hair color. Blondes should use chamomile tea; black tea may darken their tresses. Brunettes should use black tea to enhance shine and enrich color. 5. Whip up an apple cider vinegar mask- Put the life back into your limp or damaged hair with this terrific home remedy: combine 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 3 egg whites, then rub the mix into your hair. Keep your hair covered for about a half hour using plastic wrap or a shower cap, then shampoo and rinse 6. Treat with botanical oils- Available at health food stores, olive, jojoba, and sweet almond oils are all wonderful elixirs for damaged hair. If your hair is thick and heavy, coconut oil works well. Dampen your hair and apply small amounts of the botanical oil until your hair is thoroughly covered. Top off with shower cap and warm towel for about 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo your hair out. 7. Try sandalwood oil- Mix a few drops of sandalwood oil with a few drops of olive or jojoba oil, rub the mixture between your palms, then smooth it through the ends of your hair for instant sleekness and a way to curb and condition brittle, flyaway hair 8. Wrap wet hair dry- Instead of rubbing your hair after you get it wet, wrap up your damaged hair in a cotton towel, and let the cotton absorb the moisture for a few minutes. This helps protect against further split ends. 9. Use a humidifier at night- Your home heating probably keeps the air very dry, especially in winter, and that can dry out your hair. Putting moisture back into the air will help your hair from becoming more dry and damaged. 10. Let your hair down- If you usually wear your hair in a ponytail, take it out for a few hours a day to give your hair a break. Also, try not to pull hair back too tightly. And never sleep with any sort of accessories in your hair. 11. Eat your omega-3s- Take one to three 250-milligram capsules of evening primrose oil, or flax seed oil one to three times a day. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like gamma-linolenic acid, great for keeping hair (and nails) moisturized. I hope this will help you. For more queries contact us.
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