What to Eat When Pregnant: Your Perfect Pregnancy Diet
However scientific your bent of mind is, a part of you remains irrational, a part that believes in myths. It is my policy to allow family members to propagate myths that are harmless. But put my foot down when it comes to traditions that harm the mother and fetus. However, one thing about myths is that they are interesting. Let us examine some common myths concerning the pregnancy diet and decide which we can follow and which should not.
A pregnant woman should eat for two – false. A balanced nutritious diet and not overeating is the call of the day.
Pre-Pregnancy Diet Myth
Garam and thanda foods – this does not pertain to the temperature of the food. ‘Hot’ foods are those that produce ‘body heat’ like meats, chicken, and eggs. Pregnant women cannot include them in their pregnancy diet lest they abort and are thus gets deprive of a regular source of good protein.
‘ Another myth is a woman cannot consume cold foods like curd, juices, and even water, as they will delay delivery. In fact, a woman in labor needs to be well hydrated by regular intake of fluids.
One cannot eat papaya during pregnancy– as raw papaya consumed in high quantities can cause abortions. However, ripe papaya can help in relieving constipation.
Drinking tea and coffee will make the baby dark – False. The color of the baby depends upon the color he inherits from his parents and not on what his mother consumes, though a high intake of caffeine can cause miscarriage.
Eating the white kernel of a coconut early morning during pregnancy makes the baby fair – false, again due to the above reason.
Ghee is given to pregnant women in milk during labor to facilitate delivery – they are lubricating the wrong hole! One good reason to avoid ghee during labor is that it remains in the stomach for a long time leading to anesthetic complications in case an emergency cesarean section has to be performed.
Post-Pregnancy Diet Myth
Post-delivery some communities do not give cereals and pulses to the woman for seven days depriving her of adequate nourishment. Tea boiled in milk clears the uterine debris after delivery – false. Milk causes infection of stitches after cesarean delivery – false.
If it was hot and cold foods during pregnancy, it is bhari (heavy) and halka (light) foods while breastfeeding. A lactating mother is not allowed to eats ‘heavy’ foods like full-grain pulses as it causes indigestion and colic in the baby – false.
Food converts into breast milk, which has the same constituents in the same proportion, no matter what one eats. However, one must be cautious regarding the ingestion of medicines during lactation for some are secreted in breast milk and can harm the baby.
If you need to know more about pregnancy or pregnancy diet, you can contact our gynocology department.