Healthy Pregnancy Tips
According to Ayurveda, pregnancy is viewed as a very spiritual time in a woman’s life.
Pregnancy is a time to bond with your child and self-care is especially important during this period.
Physical and emotional changes happen during these 9 months
- Eat sattvic food
- Nourish body and mind through oil massage
- Choose healthy snacks
- Avoid alcohol and smoking
- Do not forget breakfast
- Eat fibre-rich foods
- Take prenatal vitamins and minerals with iron and folic acid
- EAT SATTVIC FOOD:
- The use of organic products is highly advised. An expectant mother needs to consume pure and easily digestible foods in order to nourish her and her baby’s dhatus (tissues).
Sattvic and grounding foods such as organic dairy, nuts, whole grains, beans, fruits, and fresh, cooked vegetables deliver prana.
They help to build Ojas
Avoid Thamasic foods during pregnancy. Thamasic foods include meat, fish, onion, garlic, vinegar, bread, etc.
2. NOURISHING BODY AND MIND THROUGH OIL MASSAGE
Abhyanga is the gentle application of warm oil, and is safe for women.
3. CHOOSE HEALTHY SNACKS
Healthy pregnancy snacks play a major role in the overall health of both mother and baby.
Mothers need balanced nutrition to keep themselves and their growing babies healthy. They are recommended to eat pregnancy snacks that include yogurt (calcium), egg (vitamins), sweet potatoes (fibre, vitamins), etc.
4. AVOID ALCOHOL AND SMOKING
Pregnant women are advised to completely avoid drinking alcohol as it increases the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth. It can also cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
5. DO NOT FORGET BREAKFAST
If you don’t eat enough, it can lead to malnutrition, which means your body has no enough calories to maintain its health.
6. EAT FIBRE-RICH FOODS
Fibre helps in lowering cholesterol. Fibre is also good for your stomach. With enough amount of fibre in your daily diet, you can slow down the absorption of food and thereby prevent blood sugar levels from rising too quickly.
7. PRENATAL VITAMINS WITH FOLIC ACID
Prenatal vitamins consist of a variety of vitamins and minerals that help your baby get the nutrients that are essential for his/her healthy development.
During pregnancy, a woman’s daily intake requirements for certain nutrients such as folic acid, calcium, and iron increase when compared to that of normal days.