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Prepping Your Pregnancy Plate: What to Eat This Winter

November 1, 2017 in About Pregnancy, Healthby MS. Nivedita Singh
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Come winter and kitchens burgeon with flavours of the season, bazaars are laden with special produce and taste buds are left to be tantalised. Yours included, momma-to-be!

Winters in India are made of piping hot rasam and sarson da saag, golden gajar halwa and flavourful kesar milk. So as you prepare to nest under your razai this winter season, your baby bump in tow, take this chance and give your wombling a sample of the season’s best offerings.

Here’s our take on what to feed your belly this winter.

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Winter Fruits

Winter throws up a galaxy of delectable fruits every year. Apples, oranges, strawberries and grapes are available in abundance during the winter months, offering you excellent snack-worthy options.

 

Food

Nutritional Benefits

Form

Oranges

  • Rich in vitamin C
  • Helps combat germs
  • Rich in potassium, minerals, folate and dietary fibre
  • Low in calories
  • Fresh fruit
  • Juice

Apples

  • Rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, dietary fibre
  • Reduces constipation during pregnancy
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Relieves swollen feet
  • Fresh fruit
  • Pie, cake
  • Milkshake
  • Juice

Strawberries

  • Rich in folic acid, vitamin C
  • Helps in preventing neural tube defects
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Helps reduce the risk of premature labour
  • Fresh fruit
  • With whipped cream
  • Milkshake
  • Juice

Grapes

  • Rich in folic acid
  • Helps with bone, teeth, brain and spine formation of the fetus
  • Boosts immunity of the expectant mother
  • Stabilises metabolism during pregnancy
  • Fresh fruit
  • Homemade jam
  • Juice

 

Winter Veggies

Winter veggies come in a spectrum of vibrant shades, offering as much for your eyes as for your taste buds.

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Food

Nutritional Benefits

Form

Gooseberry

  • Rich in dietary fibre, serving as a natural laxative
  • Rich in vitamin C, working to moderate blood pressure
  • Reduces heartburn and acidity
  • Rich in iron, keeps anaemia at bay
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Protects cells from damage

  • Amla chutney
  • Amla juice
  • Amla murabba

Carrot

  • Rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and dietary fibre
  • Cleanses liver and boosts immune system
  • Keeps cell membranes healthy
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Halwa
  • Sabzi
  • Soup
  • Stew
  • Juice

Leafy Greens

  • Rich in folate, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and iron
  • Reduces hypertension
    • Fenugreek/spinach/mustard
    • Curry
    • Pie
    • Saag
Pregnant Woman near the refrigerator fridge
Pregnant Woman near the refrigerator fridge

Fluids

Winters are the perfect excuse to curl up with a warm mug of liquid love. Fluids are essential for pregnancy, and it’s important to infuse the right nutrients in your soups and stews. Luckily, the tail end of the year offers a host of healthy options.

 

Food

Nutritional Benefits

Ingredients

Tomato Rasam

  • Rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins
  • Prevents constipation
  • Antioxidative properties
  • Water
  • Tamarind
  • Rasam powder
  • Coriander powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves
  • Asafoetida
  • Cumin seeds
  • Mustard seeds

Kesar Milk

  • Rich in folate, vitamin C
  • Promotes digestion
  • Boosts immunity and body temperature
  • Increases readiness of the cervix
  • Treats inflammation
    • Almonds
  • Kesar
  • Honey
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Cardamon

 

Make sure to add as many of these options as you can, to your pregnancy plate. Aside from nourishing you and your little one, these wonderful winter flavours can light up your palate and keep you satiated for longer. And who knows; that kicking you feel in your belly? That’s probably your tiny one thanking you in advance, for that impending winter feast.

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