The Ideal Food Options During Pregnancy
First Trimester (1 to 3 months):
During early pregnancy, one may not feel like eating anything. However, it's very important to have nutritional foods from the beginning itself. With food aversion on the peak, it is definitely difficult to eat and you may not feel hungry. Ajwain will be a life savior here, as it not only makes you hungry but helps in digestion and resolves vomiting issues also. Boil 1 tablespoon of ajwain in water and sip it often.
At this stage, avoid food with a lot of masala and consume a lot of steamed food. Instead of 3 meals, have 5 small meals a day. Include 2 vegetables and 1 fruit in your daily diet. Soak dry fruits and nuts overnight and start your day by eating them.
Second Trimester (4 to 6 months):
By end of the first trimester, the vomiting and nausea will settle in and hunger pranks will begin. Breakfast can be upma with vegetables, dosa with chutney or sambar, any vegetable paratha, oats, or daliya.
Since your lunch should include protein, carbs, and fats as well, rice or roti with dal, 2 vegetables, and curd would be ideal. Snack on cooked sprouts, popcorn, upma, peanuts or the occasional homemade bajiya. Let dinner be light - simple dal and roti or rice and dal. Before sleeping, mix 1 tablespoon of Gulkand with warm milk and drink. This helps in constipation and acidity. If you are a nonvegetarian, consume lean meats for lunch but make sure to drink more water.
Third Trimester (7 to 9 months):
Avoiding fried food, sweets, and spicy foods will be good. Sticking to simple dal, dahi, roti, and vegetables. Protein intake has to be more so include eggs, chicken breast, paneer, tofu, and lentils. Drinking 2 to 3 liters of water is must and never try new food. Seafood can be consumed in moderation, when eating out eat at a hygienic place.
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