THE MOST DELICIOUS TASTE OF PREGNANCY
What are you craving for today something sweet, spicy, salty, or sour?
The wonderful phase of pregnancy comes with normal to weird, specific time to anytime food cravings.What are you craving for, is it healthy for you and your child inside you? Are you battling in your head thinking if I consume more it will increase my weight? Is Chinese healthy? Can I have a scoop of ice-cream without worrying about the cold and cough?
Oops! So many questions and where are the answers. Nearly every woman have a story of crazy cravings or insatiable appetites for unusual foods during pregnancy. So is this normal?
The answer is YES, it is a very normal and a common feeling most of the women go through during this beautiful journey of motherhood. Normally pregnant women experience food cravings during the first and second trimesters. However, some women get cravings throughout their pregnancy, some get it for a limited period, and some may not have them at all. It all depends on the body system.
Let’s first understand what is cravings? Cravings (it’s also called selective hunger) is nothing but a powerful desire for something to eat, like for example it could be as normal as you may be craving for chocolate, ice-cream, pizzas or as bizarre as paint some women think nothing better than a serving of paint, raw onion, mud or charcoal. It is an intense desire to consume a specific food or smell it anytime of the day.
How to handle it and what food you should eat to have a healthy pregnancy.
The mantra to avoid sudden feelings of hunger, it starts with a balanced diet, increase the consumption of iron, vitamins and protein in the diet. Make sure you eat healthy meals and snacks regularly, ensure you get plenty sleep and keep your body hydrated. As long as the cravings are not abnormal it’s completely fine it won’t cause any harm to the baby. Babies should be exposed to healthy and variety of food in the womb, it’s said it becomes easier for them to accept the same flavours post birth.
During your pregnancy it’s very important to pay attention to what you eating after all you providing nutrients for yourself and your developing baby. Here we go ahead and give you a gist of pregnancy food that is not only healthy but also nutrition rich for mother and child both.
Cracked Wheat or Daliya is a good source of energy, it has high content of fibre which helps in proper digestion and prevents constipation. You can make it salty like a khichadi by adding moong dal, vegetables and ghee in it and if you like sweet you can also make it like a kheer by adding dry fruits and milk. A bowl of daliya will help increase your protein intake also since it is a whole wheat product it enhances metabolism rate. While you enjoying this delicious food do not forget some basic philosophy of basic eating. Chew your food properly, it is believed that if a small morsel of food is chewed 32 times it transforms into a good deal of energy, which in turns does a lot of positive things to your body and helps in baby development. As you chew your food don’t forget to enjoy it to the fullest, concentrate on the aroma, the texture and the taste as well. Eat your meal on time for better nourishment and digestion.
“Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky is the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.” – Larry Barretto
PC: A very very special thanks to my dear friend Leena Rupani Thakker who’s crazy, wacky, funny, gorgeous, generous and gracious at the same time. A beautiful mom to the cutest princess I know. You always always there for me, love you and thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures Muah!
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