Now that you are a soon- to- be mom, health and eating habits become a primary concern not just for the baby’s growth, but for you as a mother too. The mother’s body undergoes a lot of changes at the physical, emotional and mental levels. To cater to the physical changes and provide essential nourishment to self, alteration in diet and eating habits are necessary. The physical wellbeing of the mother can ensure mental and emotional wellbeing.
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There would be a lot of dos and don’ts in all that you do, food is no different. And with gastronomical delights having a heady mix of spices, herbs and condiments it becomes all the more important to be cautious about what you eat and where you eat during pregnancy.
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Not just hygiene, but the quality of the products used starting from core ingredients to spices becomes utmost important.
Here is a list of herbs and spices you should consume during pregnancy.
HERB / SPICE and HEALTH BENEFITS :
Fennel / Saunf
An eye-strengthener helps to tackle indigestion such as preventing heartburn, loss of appetite, acidity, bloating tendencies, preventing colic (to some extent) in babies, helpful for increasing breast milk output, fights against cancer and inflammation, promoting menstruation in women
Cumin Seeds / Jeera
Protects against cancer, helps in promoting breast milk output, aids in digestion, improves immunity, helps in preventing the common cold, asthma, bronchitis, skin disorders
Garlic / Lasan
Has antibiotic properties with cholesterol-lowering abilities, aids in lactation, prevents inflammation, modestly reduces blood pressure, helps in treating bacterial and fungal infections, helps to tackle pre-eclampsia in pregnancy to some extent, treatment of cold and flu
Reduces inflammation, heartburn, has antioxidant effects, aids in lowering of blood Cholesterol and blood glucose levels, Cinnamon rich diets can help in reducing the negative effect of high-fat meals
Ginger / Adrak
Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhoea, loss of appetite there uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, low back pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis.
Aides in relieving flatulence, nausea/morning sickness
Oats & Oat Straw
Rich in calcium and magnesium; helps relieve anxiety, restlessness, and irritated skin
Red Raspberry Leaf
Iron-rich helps tone the uterus, increase the production of milk, ease labour pains and decrease nausea.
Promotes urinary health and wards off urinary tract infections
Moderate usage/consumption of these spices are recommended in pregnancy.
Hence it is better to consult Nutritionists for professional assistance in planning healthy diets and for clarifying diet-related queries related to the usage of multiple foods including spices in regular cooking.