Diet For The Eighth Month Of Pregnancy
Time to get your hospital bag ready! There’s just one more month to go before you meet your little princess or prince. Post delivery you would be too tired so make most of the time that you have now. Stay relaxed and take plenty of rest throughout the day.
During the last trimester of the pregnancy there is a tremendous increase in the speed with which the baby develops. Although all the essential nutrients mentioned in the previous posts are important, there are a few that you must have in the last part of your trimester.
The baby’s brain as well as the rest of its body is growing the fastest this month, which is why you must have enough healthy fats. DHA is not only going to helpful during pregnancy but even after post delivery in the production of breast milk. If you love seafood then you can get DHA from fatty fishes like salmon and mackerel. But, if you are a vegetarian your best sources of DHA would be nuts like walnut, canola oil, flaxseed and milk. Eating eggs are also a good option.
By the time you reach the last trimester, the daily requirement of protein by your body increases to 50 – 70 grams per day depending upon your weight. This is the month when maximum growth in size occurs and thus proteins become very important this month. Thankfully it’s not much difficult to meet the daily requirement of protein, as it’s available in plenty from different sources. Chicken, fish, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, dairy products, lean meat, eggs, whole grains are all good for you. However, remember that if you are a vegetarian then you need to have larger portions in order to obtain the same amount of protein that you would from animal sources.
It’s the third trimester when all the calcium deposits on your baby’s bone so you should not skip this one at any cost. Although if you don’t have enough calcium it wouldn’t affect your baby’s growth, as it would draw all the required calcium from your bones so ultimately it’s you who would suffer more. And calcium also plays an important role in the production of breast milk so lack of it in your diet would lead to problems with breastfeeding. Now that you know it’s so important consume foods that are rich in calcium like yogurt, milk, cheese, paneer, salmon, oatmeal, spinach, almonds and fortified cereals.
By now you must be tired of reading this again and again, but it’s one thing that you must not ignore during pregnancy. Fluids help prevent constipation and form a very essential part of the expanding blood volume that carries oxygen and nutrients to both you and the baby. So, remember to carry a bottle just for yourself. It’s best if you drink water but of course you can also have those yummy looking fresh fruit or vegetable juices in its place. Whichever way you decide it’s up to you but don’t ignore it, even if you have to make frequent trips to the bathroom.
Some tips for you to make the most of your diet:
- Steamed vegetables are more nutritious
- Overcooking strips the nutrients from most vegetables
- Freshly prepared meals have more nutrient compared to the reheated ones
- Fresh fruit juices minus the sugar are more healthier
- Have enough liquid throughout the day so you don’t have to go to the loo at night
- If you are bored of drinking water make some exotic fruit drinks for you (no alcohol here)
- If you have time then make your own paneer and yogurt
- Wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly
- Avoid half cooked fish, chicken or mutton
What diet have you followed?
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