Diet For The Fifth Month Of Pregnancy
Frustrated that your favourite pair of denims doesn’t fit you anymore? Worry not, it’s just a matter of time and soon you will have your curves back in place. After all the hot mamas like Malaika Arora Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Aishwarya Rai, Lara Dutta were all once there and look at them now. They are hot as ever! So for now, concentrate on gaining up to two kilos of weight as suggested by experts. Does that mean I can have anything I want this month? Absolutely no sweets, you need to eat healthy but of course a few of your cravings, even if they are a little unhealthy, can creep in once in a while
This month it’s not only you who is growing in size but it’s also the baby that is growing. So, now is the perfect time to get some more essential nutrients on your plate.
New tissues are being formed at a rapid rate in your baby and as protein aids in this process, you need loads of it to make sure your baby grows at a steady rate. Experts recommend that you must get somewhere around 60 to 100 grams of protein in your diet everyday. Meat, eggs, chicken, dairy products are some of the best sources of protein but if you are a vegan you can rely on nuts, soy products, whole grains, seeds and legumes like green peas, kidney beans and chickpeas.
The deposition of calcium on your baby’s tiny bones have now started, which means you need to have a higher amount of calcium in your diet than before. For this, you may rely on dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt and paneer, and green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli that are excellent storehouses of calcium.
No doubt calcium is needed for stronger bones, but without vitamin D your body would not be able to absorb it properly, so it’s a must that you include this in your diet as well. Now if you are ok with milk, then you need not take anything else as you are getting both calcium and vitamin D from the same source. However, if you don’t like milk much your other option would be to spend a few minutes outside in the each day to help your body synthesise its own vitamin D. Fortified cereals are also a good option.
It’s another essential nutrient that plays an important role in the growth and development of the foetus as well as production of red blood cells, and as such it should not be ignored at all. And it’s also said that folic acid works much better along with vitamin B12. Fortified soymilk, our good old egg, mozzarella cheese, fortified cereals, mackerel fish (bangda), crab and buttermilk would help you meet your vitamin B12 requirements.
Once more, we have suggestions for some of the dishes laden with all the above-mentioned nutrients. Grab your notepad and make a note of it before you pester your mom/mom-in-law for some kadai paneer in dinner today
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