Diet For The Sixth Month Of Pregnancy
Once you enter into the sixth month of your pregnancy, the countdown to the third and the final semester of this beautiful journey begins. Pretty soon you will be holding your little one This is the prefect time for you and your partner to spend some time together because once the baby arrives, both of you would get busy.
If you have been following a healthy diet all this while then you already know what needs to go into your plate each day. For the sixth month all you need to do is increase your intake of all the essential nutrients in your diets. There’s a good chance that from now onwards you would start gaining around half kilograms every week.
Since the third trimester is fast approaching some women start feeling hungry more than usual. You need not worry it’s pretty common in a pregnant woman, however you need to keep a check on what you are eating to satisfy your hunger. For example, if hunger strikes early morning then instead of munching on a leftover pizza or a bag of potato waffles go for some fresh fruits and a glass of hot or cold badam milk. You can even have a bowl of homemade ice cream if you like. But, make sure that you choose something healthy be it the middle of the night or day.
Apart from the rest of the nutrients that you are already taking here are a few of them that would prove to be useful during this semester.
Some women complain about constipation during this period of pregnancy while some throughout, for which you can add loads of fibrous foods in your diet. A diet that is rich in fibre will also provide you with other vitamins and minerals that you and your baby might need. Rice (brown rice would be a much healthier option), lentils, legumes, whole-wheat flour, almonds, banana, orange, broccoli, okra and potatoes are some of the commonly found sources of fibre.
While you are having fibre in your diet it’s rather important that you drink plenty of water because fibrous foods tend to absorb lot of water. And if you are not having enough of the liquid then there are high chances that your constipation would get even worse. Plus this clear liquid is also important to meet the demands of the increased blood volume of your body. Therefore, you must take at least eight glasses of water every day, taking juices or other fluids also help meet the water requirement of your body.
It’s an important vitamin needed for your baby’s growth and development of various organs and also helps in tissue repair once you have delivered your baby. Vitamin A is also important for maintaining vision and building up your defense against infections. Eggs, milk, liver, carrots, mangoes, broccoli, spinach, papaya (if you are having it make sure it’s a ripe one), apricots and melons are good sources of this vitamin.
If leg cramps are bothering you, then you may include potassium in your diet to reduce the cramps. Potassium is a mineral that is found easily in most of the food that you eat daily, specially the healthier ones. Fruits such as orange and banana, vegetables, red meat, chicken, milk, fish, nuts, fortified cereals – all contain some amount of potassium in them. So, if you have been eating right leg cramps shouldn’t be a problem for you.
How could we end without giving you some food for thought? So here you go
- Rice Pudding
- Dal tadka
- Rajma chawal
- Rice pancakes
- Alu gobi masala
- Carrot juice
- Badam milk
- Banana smoothie
- Fruit custard
- Fresh fruit popsicles
- Chicken chilli (toned down spices)
- Oats porridge
- A mix of different nuts
- Chana dal vada
- Chatpata guava chaat
What diet have you followed on your sixth month of pregnancy?
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