A healthy diet is extremely vital for your body when you’re pregnant. The foods eaten before falling pregnant, during pregnancy and after birth – all have an effect on the child growing inside your body. Therefore, one can always get creative with their nutrition plan and follow these symptom-alleviating tips to have a low problem pregnancy.
Add ginger to the tea or drink ginger ale
It helps settle the stomach and fight queasiness
Avoid foods and smells that make the stomach churn
One’s sense of smells and odours tends to heighten during pregnancy.
Keep simple snacks like crackers by the bedside
When you wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for 10 to 20 minutes before getting out of bed.
Eat small, but, frequent meals
An empty stomach can increase nausea. Aim for foods high in protein or carbohydrates, as both help fight nausea.
The smell of a cut lemon may help your nausea. Put slices in your iced tea or sparkling water.
Avoid artificially ripened fruits and vegetables
Especially those bought from the cold storage - to handle heartburn the natural way.
Avoid very heavy meals close to bedtime
Avoid Chinese food, especially, which contains ajinomoto, as it will make you feel thirsty throughout the night.
Keep acidity troubles away with a glass of amla-water
Coconut water, lassi and banana could also come in handy. Also have lots of sprouts and green leafy veggies – full of vitamins B & E, which aid in digestion and in excreting acid from the body.
Avoid excess use of antacids, and coffee, colas, and teas
Antacids and caffeinated beverages act as diuretics.
If you are sweating excessively, have a glass of fresh limewater with some salt
In fact, any drink would do, as long as it replenishes your electrolytes.
Keep a bottle of water handy and sip throughout when travelling by flight
Be especially careful when air travel as the cabin air has very little moisture in it.
Try a piece of bread with honey before bedtime
Understand the strong co-relation between food and sleeplessness. A meal or a snack, that is high in carbohydrates, can induce sleep.
Warm milk on your way to slumberland helps, too
Deficiency of calcium and vitamin B complex can also affect sleep.
Apart from following a healthy diet during pregnancy, it bodes well to stay active, stay away from cigarettes and alcohol and, most of all, stay happy!
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