You are now officially in the last month of the first trimester! The feeling sure is exciting. The third month of pregnancy commences a rapid development of your baby. You will begin to experience some new overwhelming feelings during this time. Your body will be set to undergo major transformation!
Changes You Observe In Your Body:
During this phase, your body is quickly adapting to your growing baby. Here are some of the key changes that will be happening to your body:
  • If you had morning sickness before, the feeling may get intense or reduce this month. You are likely to feel dizzier and throw up more often than before.
  • Make sure you speak to your doctor about the inconvenience. If you are a working woman, you will need to take special care during 3rd month of pregnancy dealing with the frequent throwing up and uneasiness.
  • You may still feel dizzy while performing sudden reflexes like sitting and standing.
  • The vaginal discharge might increase.
  • Get ready for a gush of hormonal changes. You will experience a roller coaster ride of emotions.
  • Your gums may also bleed due to the shift in hormonal balance.Constipation will be gradual and you may start developing haemorrhoids.
  • You will experience a dull to heavy back ache, which is majorly caused due to the excessive leaning backwards. This happens naturally to support your baby’s weight in the front.
  • Fatigue comes and stays like an unwelcome guest. You are likely to feel more tired, sleepy and exhausted than before.
  • Your abdomen will continue to expand. This is also a good sign indicating that the chances of any likelihood of a miscarriage to occur are very less now.
  • You will feel less nauseous by the end of the third month.The morning sickness will eventually fade out, giving in a rush of food cravings.
  • Don’t be surprised at the kind of foods you can crave for at this point in time.
  • You will slowly emerge from being tired to being fit and active by the end of the month.
  • Your nipples will change too. They may appear darker and larger, in many women.
  • A dark line starts to develop down the middle of your abdomen to your pubic bone. This is due to the change in hormones.
  • You will start to gain weight from here on. Make sure you eat healthy during this month as some women who tend to neglect their diet now can lose weight, which is not a good sign.
Here’s a to-do list of dietary recommendations for your third month.
WHAT TO EAT:
  1. Vitamin B6 Rich Foods:Foods rich in Vitamin B6 help a lot by reducing nausea and boosting your moods. Incorporate citrus fruits, eggs, green leafy vegetables and potatoes in your diet to get a steady dose of this vitamin.
  2. Fresh Fruits:During pregnancy, it is best to stick to fresh fruits as the canned ones contain preservatives that can cause acidity.
  3. Carbohydrates:By adding whole grain and simple carbs like bread,atta, rice and potatoes to your diet, you can gift a treasure of energy-boosting carbs to your baby.
  4. Meats:The meat is cooked very well and is prepared with good hygiene. Chicken, mutton and fish (fresh water) are excellent sources of minerals, proteins and a whole lot of good taste!
  5. Iron And Folate:Make sure that your diet provides you with rich sources of both and to do that, add Beetroot,chikoo, oatmeal, bran, tuna (tinned), beans and meats (for iron) and Oranges, Potatoes, Broccoli, Eggs and Greens (for folate) to your diet.
  6. Dairy Products:The foetus needs calcium and minerals found in milk products, so don’t deny it milk, curd, cheese and ghee.

What NOT to Eat:
Soon, Weeks 8-12 will end and you will be stepping into your second trimester. Foods best excluded from your diet are:
  1. Junk Food:Junk food like burgers and pizza, chaat and tandoori chicken seem so very alluring during this phase. But, avoid them as much as possible due to the hygiene factor.
  2. Seafood:Methylmercury, a deadly compound found often in seafood is linked to brain function impairment in the foetus.
  3. Tinned Food:Be it tuna or peas,achaar or pineapple,tinned goods are laced with excess sugar and salt. They also contain artificial flavors and preservatives.
  4. Unpasteurized Dairy Products.

THE SECOND TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY WEEKS : 13-24 [4th Month – 6th Month]
Most women find the second trimester of pregnancy easier than the first. But it is just as important to stay informed about your pregnancy during these months.
You might notice that symptoms like nausea and fatigue are going away.But other new, more noticeable changes to your body are now happening.
  • Your abdomen will expand as the baby continues to grow. And before this trimester is over, you will feel your baby beginning to move!
  • As your body changes to make room for your growing baby, you may have:
  • Body aches, such as back,abdomen, groin, or thigh pain
  • Stretch marks on your abdomen,breasts, thighs, or buttocks
  • Darkening of the skin around your nipples
  • A line on the skin running from belly button to pubic hairline
  • Patches of darker skin, usually over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip. Patches often match on both sides of the face. This is sometimes called the mask of pregnancy.
  • Numb or tingling hands, called carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Itching on the abdomen, palms,and soles of the feet.(Call your doctor if you have nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue combined with itching. These can be signs of a serious liver problem.)
  • Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face.(If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.)
  • The aim of the second trimester is growth. By the fourth month of pregnancy, your baby is fully formed. Every organ, including brain, kidneys, spinal cord, eyes, toes, fingers, lungs and heart, is formed and fully functional.
  • The body works hard to calcify the baby’s bones and to fine tune all the organs. Therefore, your fourth month of pregnancy diet needs to be more growth promoting and nourishing. Here are some diet dos and don’ts for your fourth month of pregnancy.
Here is a plan you can follow during the 4th month of pregnancy.
WHAT TO EAT:
  1. High Fiber:Make sure you add lots of fiber in your 4th month pregnancy diet and that too, in each meal. High fibre foods like whole grains, oats and green vegetables. Opt for iron fortified whole wheat bread instead of regular white bread.
  2. Essential Fatty Acids:Ensure that your diet contains sufficient amounts of Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids by taking foods like fresh water fish, tinned tuna, nuts and olive oil.
  3. Dairy Products:You can help your baby develop stronger bones by adding at least one litre on milk products per day. Have 2 glasses of milk or 500 gm of curd or 200 gm of paneer.These act as good supplements to your calcium medication.
  4. Meats: Undercooked meat may carry deadly viruses and bacteria. If you are tempted (or obligated) to eat out, order tandoori or roasted meat as it is sure to be cooked through and through.
  5. Fruits: The fourth month of pregnancy may trigger acidity and heartburn. Therefore, fresh seasonal fruits of different colors should be an integral part of your diet in 4th month of pregnancy.
  6. Iron-Rich Foods: An iron-rich diet helps you by making more blood and the baby by aiding better growth. Add foods like nuts, dhaals, eggs, dried fruits and whole wheat products to your diet. Also, consult your doctor before starting any iron supplements.

What NOT to Eat:
Though the crucial first trimester is over and you can now look forward to your baby and its antics, there are still some precautions & foods that need to be avoided in your 4th month of pregnancy diet to ensure the safety of the baby .
  1. Soft Cheese: You can always choose foods containing hard cheese as it has low water content. The low water content makes it less prone to disease causing microorganisms.
  2. Maida: So, say no to foods like samosas, momos, noodles, etc.
  3. Sea Fish: As much as possible, avoid sea fish as they are loaded with methylmercury, a compound that can cause mental retardation in the fetus. If you cannot do without fish, go for fresh water varieties.
  4. Street Food: Street food can cause food poisoning and other water-borne diseases like typhoid. So, prepare a plate of that chaat, pakodis, anddahi bhalla at home itself.
  5. Excess Of Dried Fruits: Though a cup of dried fruits is good for you, avoid taking too many dried fruits during the fourth month of pregnancy.
  6. Licorice: It is called mulethi in Hindhi, this otherwise wonderful herb can wreak havoc on the pregnancy by triggering contractions.
WHAT TO EAT:
  1. Beef Up Your Fluid Intake: Stay hydrated at all times. Remember, you have to take care of two people now. Drink plenty of water to avoid constipation. In addition to water, consuming at least 2 glasses of milk every day will provide you with calcium and micronutrients that are vital for your baby’s healthy bone development.
  2. Eat Protein-Rich Foods: Proteins are the building blocks of our body. They are considered as the best 5th month pregnancy food. A diet rich in proteins is essential to ensure baby’s physical development is on the right course. Muscles, skin and organs need protein to grow and sustain themselves. Include chicken, eggs, nuts, pulses and cereal in your diet. If you are a vegetarian, you can always go for soya chunks, steamed chickpea, cottage cheese and tofu.
  3. Rely on Salad Power: Salads made from raw veggies like cabbage, carrots, fresh tomatoes, rocket leaves and beet root are a great way to include minerals and fibre in your diet. Avoid using salad dressings and pickled veggies like olives and capers, because they are high in sodium content. Make sure you drink plenty of water so that constipation is at bay. It is suggested that pregnant women should have on an average 1 ounce of fibre per day. Excess fibre in the diet can also result in complications such as haemorrhoids.
  4. Have Some Fruits: Fruits are brimming with vitamins and minerals, and they taste delicious too. You can never get bored with fruits and you never run out of choices. There are apples, pears, bananas, kiwis, oranges, berries and currants to choose from. Why not blend some strawberries and yogurt and make a healthy smoothie.
  5. Eat Your Greens: Eating a lot of green veggies might get boring. But do it for the sake of your little one. Include spinach, fenugreek and broccoli in your diet to fulfil the body’s need for iron. You can bake or grill the veggies to add some zing to them. You could also throw in a handful of spinach in your smoothies.
  6. The Wholesome Goodness: Include whole grains in your diet in the form of flatbreads. Whole grains such as wheat, ragi, rice, corn and oats are rich in vitamin E, vitamin B complex, iron and magnesium and fulfil the growing baby’s need for energy and nourishment very well.

What NOT to Eat:
Now that you’ve grabbed the must have’s, here are some foods that you should include in your fifth month of pregnancy diet to steer clear of.
  1. Say No to Fizz: Carbonated drinks contain caffeine, sugar and unhealthy calories. You definitely don’t want your calories to come from all wrong sources, do you? Instead, consume fresh fruit juices and lemon water.
  2. Fruits You Shouldn’t Eat: Tropical fruits are packed with micronutrients and fibre, improve digestion and taste yum! But feasting on tropical fruits during pregnancy is not a great idea. Papaya, pomegranate and pineapple are known to induce uterine contractions in pregnant women, leading to miscarriage. Avoid the use of meat tenderizers because they contain raw papaya extracts or similar enzymes that break protein down.
  3. Throw the Goblet Away! If you happen to be one of those ultra modern ladies who don’t mind sipping on alcohol, you will need to quit drinking for some months now. Heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause congenital defects in the baby. However, the impacts of an occasional binge are not yet clearly known. But why risk it? It’s your precious baby we are talking about.
  4. Kick the Butt: Smoking is proven to hinder with baby’s development and cause physical anomalies. It can deprive baby of its oxygen supply, hamper the development of the baby’s respiratory system and cause its heart rate to go haywire. It might as well induce miscarriage or result in stillbirth.
  5. Cut Back on Caffeine: Both tea and coffee contain caffeine. So, you must restrict your tea/coffee intake to a maximum 2 cups a day. High caffeine intake during pregnancy is known to cause restlessness and sleeplessness in babies after they are born. You certainly don’t want your baby to wail endlessly through the initial days after it is born. Unfortunately, chocolate too contains caffeine and I know it’s hard to resist the urge, but you have to.
  6. Avoid Fatty Food: Don’t let the desire to binge on fries and pizzas get the better of you. The hormonal changes and ‘eating for the 2’ thing are enough to throw you off the scale. You should avoid eating fattening foods and canned stuff as well. An abnormal weight gain can cause unwanted complications during the gestation period. By the time a woman reaches the fifth month of her pregnancy, the baby’s organs such as the brain, heart, kidneys, liver etc. have already taken their preliminary shape. The further course of pregnancy involves growth and development of these organs. The senses too begin to develop during this phase. Their skin begins to thicken too.
WHAT TO EAT:
Here are some foods that you should definitely make a part of your diet during sixth month of pregnancy:
  1. Protein: This important nutrient should be a part of your daily diet. However, you should avoid fatty fish and the skin, also meat fat. It is in fact a good idea to avoid too much meat, and especially red meat.
    You should go for:
    Lean meat
    White fish
    Eggs
    Black beans
    Tofu
    These foods will benefit you and your child by giving you the protein that your body requires.
  2. Carbohydrates: A portion or two a day of carbohydrates is recommended during pregnancy. But keep in mind that this depends on how much weight you have gained.
    You should go for:
    Potatoes
    Pasta
    Sweet corn
    Seeds and nuts
    Oats
    These are some of the foods that are rich on ‘carbs’ and healthy too.
  3. Vegetables: The goodness of vegetables is no secret and during your 6th month of pregnancy, they are an even more important part of your diet.
    You should go for:
    Beetroot
    Cabbage
    Asparagus
    Spinach
    Carrots
    Pumpkin
    Turnip
    Eggplant/Brinjal
    Green beans
    Tomatoes
    These delicious vegetables will do a world of good for your baby and you.
  4. Fruits: There is nothing like fresh fruits to refresh and revitalize you. The goodness that they pack in makes them the best food to eat while you are pregnant.
    You should go for:
    Bananas
    Grapes
    Kiwis
    Apples
    Pears
    Clementine
    Oranges
    These are great sources of nutrients that will aid in your baby’s development and growth so stock up on these delicious foods!
  5. Dairy Products: If you avoided dairy products before your pregnancy, now is the perfect time to indulge! The calcium you take in will aid in making sure that your baby’s bones grow strong. If you are worried about gaining excess weight, you can opt for skimmed or low-fat dairy products. You do not need to worry as these are still rich in calcium as well as protein..
    You should go for: Yoghurt Cheese Milk
  6. Fluids: You should drink plenty of water and fruit juices during this stage of your pregnancy. Experts recommend 6 to 8 glasses of fluids every day to replenish your body and also give your baby essential minerals that are present in water. Fresh fruit juices will give you the necessary nutrients to have a healthy pregnancy and baby!

What NOT to Eat:
Many women often have cravings for rather unhealthy foods while they are pregnant. While it is okay to indulge moderately in some junk food, there are certain foods that should be avoided at all costs while you are pregnant, especially up to your 6th month.
Here are some of the foods that are an absolute no-no during your pregnancy:
  1. Raw Seafood: You may have a sudden hankering for sushi but avoid it at all costs! As raw fish carry high level of methylmercury, that can cause food-borne diseases like listeriosis which can be dangerous for your unborn baby.
  2. Undercooked Meat: Always make sure that you cook your meat well as the bacteria mentioned above can be present in meat that is undercooked. If you are cooking meat for a meal, take care to cook it well so that you can digest it easily and also avoid the risk of listeriosis. Try and avoid eating meat outside.
  3. Non-Pasteurized Cheeses: Avoid soft cheeses that are not pasteurized and stick to hard cheeses only during your pregnancy, especially during your 6th month. Disease-causing bacteria can also be present in this type of cheese so omit it from your diet.
  4. Spicy Food: There will be times when you want to eat something hot and spicy; however, it is best to avoid anything that is too spicy. It can cause your stomach to burn and cause indigestion and great discomfort. It is also not one of the best flavors to give your baby, so curb your cravings for anything too spicy.
  5. Caffeine: Needless to say, it is best to avoid caffeinated beverages such as coffee and aerated drinks. It is a much healthier option to drink herbal tea as it will sooth and calm you, which is exactly what you need while you are pregnant. Then again, check with your doctor, as some women are put off green or herbal tea during pregnancy.
  6. Alcohol And Tobacco: It is no secret that you need to completely stay away from alcohol and tobacco while you are pregnant. The damage done to your baby can be irreparable, even fatal, when you smoke or drink during pregnancy.
  7. THE THIRD TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY WEEKS : 25-40 [7th Month – 9th Month]
    You're in the home stretch! Some of the same discomforts you had in your second trimester will continue. Plus, many women find breathing difficult and notice they have to go to the bathroom even more often. This is because the baby is getting bigger and it is putting more pressure on your organs. Don't worry, your baby is fine and these problems will lessen once you give birth.
    Some new body changes you might notice in the third trimester include:
    • Shortness of breath
    • Heartburn
    • Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face. (If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.)
    • Hemorrhoids
    • Tender breasts, which may leak a watery pre-milk called colostrum (kuh-LOSS-struhm)
    • Your belly button may stick out
    • Trouble sleeping
    • The baby "dropping", or moving lower in your abdomen
    • Contractions, which can be a sign of real or false labor
    • As you near your due date, your cervix becomes thinner and softer (called effacing). This is a normal, natural process that helps the birth canal (vagina) to open during the birthing process. Your doctor will check your progress with a vaginal exam as you near your due date. Get excited — the final countdown has begun!
WHAT TO EAT:
  1. Iron And Protein-Rich Foods: During your third trimester, extra iron is important to avoid anaemia, hemorrhage during delivery. You need around 27 mg of iron daily. Get your required dose of iron and protein from foods like red meat, beans, poultry, seeds and rice. The amino acids that you get from protein you consume
  2. Calcium Rich Foods: Calcium is important throughout your pregnancy; however, it is especially crucial during the third trimester, since calcium arrangement in your baby’s skeleton takes place. Experts recommend a minimum of 1,000 mg of calcium as the daily intake. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and foods like oatmeal and salmon are rich sources of calcium.
  3. Magnesium Rich Foods: Magnesium will help in absorbing the calcium that you consume and also provides relief from leg cramps, helps in relaxing your muscles and prevents premature labor. You should take in approximately 350 to 400 mg of magnesium every day. Almonds, oat bran, black beans, barley, artichoke, pumpkin seeds, etc., are rich sources of magnesium.
  4. Foods With DHA: DHA is a fatty acid that helps your baby’s brain in developing properly. Experts recommend about 200 mg on a daily basis. You can find DHA in foods such as milk, eggs and juices.
  5. Folic Acid: Consumption of folic acids is a must to every pregnant mother, before and during pregnancy. During the third trimester, folic acid helps decrease the risk of defects of your baby’s neural tube. You can find folic acid in foods that include grains like oatmeal, collards or dark leafy vegetables and fruits like strawberries and oranges. You should get about 600-800 mg every day.
  6. Fibre-Rich Foods: To prevent constipation, which is one of the common symptoms of third trimester, you should consume plenty of fibre-rich foods. You should include vegetables, fruits (fresh and dried), legumes and whole grains in your diet. Do not forget that the water in your digestive tract is rapidly absorbed by fibre, so drink plenty of water and other fluids to replenish your body.
  7. Foods Rich In Vitamin C: To make sure that the iron you take in is properly absorbed in your body, you should eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. Rich sources of this vitamin include citrus fruits such as melons, lemons, and oranges as well as green pepper and broccoli.
What NOT to Eat:
Heartburn, swelling of hands and feet, fatigue and constipation are some of the symptoms that you will go through during the third trimester of your pregnancy. To avoid these symptoms, eliminate certain foods from your 7th month of pregency diet. This will help in relieving any discomfort and provide your baby get the proper nutrition. Here are foods that you should avoid in diet during 7th month of pregnancy:
  1. High-Fat And Spicy Foods: To make sure that you do not have to go through the discomfort of heartburn, you should stay away from fried foods that are high in fat content. You should also avoid spicy foods as they too contribute to heartburn. Experts recommend eating a light meal for dinner.
  2. Sodium-Packed Foods: Bloating and swelling can be prevented by drinking plenty of fluids. You should always drink plenty of water. Reducing your intake of sodium is also important so keep away from foods high in salt content such as chips, ketchup, canned foods, pickles and sauces, to name a few.
  3. Caffeine, Alcohol And Tobacco: Needless to say, these foods should be avoided at all costs throughout your pregnancy. Caffeinated beverages can cause constipation and make you feel uncomfortable especially at this stage of your pregnancy, so it is best to keep them off your daily diet. Alcohol and tobacco are of course very harmful for your baby so quit while you can!
  4. Junk Foods: A small portion of junk food when you have cravings is perfectly alright; however, it is important to remember not to overdo it. Processed foods do not have nutritive value. It is best to make healthy homemade snacks like carrot sticks, sandwiches with whole-grain breads, etc. This way, you fill your stomach and give your baby the nutrition to grow healthily. Eating a balanced and healthy diet is an important part of pregnancy, as it not only gives you strength and nutrition, but also benefits your baby. Apart from a healthy diet, it is also important for you to do light or moderate exercises every day.
WHAT TO EAT:
  1. Foods Rich In Vitamins And Minerals: During the last months of your pregnancy, it is important for you to eat foods that are rich in iron and calcium. Blood loss is a part of delivery and you need to make sure that you include enough iron in your diet. Calcium will keep your and baby’s bones strong so include that too.
    You should have:
    Green leafy vegetables
    Nuts
    Apricots
    Dried fruit
    Egg yolk
    Lean meat
    Fish
    Dairy products
    Bananas.
  2. Foods Rich In Carbohydrates,Proteins And Fats: Put a chart of “Do not eat” on your fridge. That way it will be easier for your to know what you require to eat at which time of the day.
    For Protein:
    Beans
    Lean meat
    Egg whites
    Tofu
    Fish
    Chicken breast
    Milk
    Yoghurt
    Soy milk
    For Carbohydrates:
    Potatoes
    Whole grains
    Cereals
    Sweet potatoes
    Legumes
    Nuts
    Berries
    Watermelons
    For fats:
    Eggs
    Nuts
    Fish
    Peanut butter
  3. Foods Rich In Fibre: High-fibre foods are important during this stage of your pregnancy. These foods have a high nutritive value. They also contain the right amount of fibre that you need in the last months of your pregnancy.
    You should have:
    Corn
    White beans
    Black beans
    Avocados
    Whole wheat pastas
    Brown rice
    Whole wheat breads
    Cauliflowers
    Broccoli
    Leafy green vegetables
    Celery.
What NOT to Eat:
During this stage of your pregnancy, there are certain foods that you should avoid to prevent excess weight gain and the discomfort of some of the symptoms that you go through. Eating nutritious foods is always important throughout your pregnancy to benefit you and your child. Here are some of the foods that you should omit from your daily diet during 8th month of pregnancy:
  1. Coffee: As your due date approaches, you will find yourself constipated which can be really uncomfortable. One way to reduce this symptom is to significantly lower your daily intake of this beverage. You should also lower you intake of caffeinated beverages such as aerated soft drinks, etc.
  2. Unpasteurized Milk: You should avoid unpasteurized goat, cow and sheep milk. Goat’s milk is very risky during pregnancy as it comes with a high risk of toxoplasmosis.
  3. Shark, Marlin And Swordfish: These types of fish have high levels of methylmercury which can be detrimental to your unborn baby’s nervous system. If you are going to eat fish, pick the ones that are not too fatty and provide you and your baby the required nutrition.
  4. Soft Cheese: Cheese that have been ripened with mould such as Brie, as well as cheese that has blue veins such as Danish Blue can often contain listeria which is why they should be avoided during pregnancy. If you have a craving for cheese, opt for hard ones like cheddar.
  5. Pate: It is best to avoid pates of all types. They could contain listeria which causes listeriosis. Although listeriosis causes symptoms that are flu-like in mothers, they can be fatal for unborn babies. It can cause still-birth, miscarriage and serious illnesses when a baby is born.
  6. Raw Or Undercooked Eggs: Eggs that have been lightly cooked or raw should be avoided during pregnancy. There is a high risk of them containing salmonella bacteria which is known to cause food poisoning.
  7. Raw Shell Fish: You should avoid raw shell fish as well as raw fish dishes such as sushi during pregnancy. This is due to the high risk of food poisoning that these foods can cause.
  8. Liver And Cured Meats: It is best to avoid liver during this stage of your pregnancy. In fact, experts say that you should avoid liver throughout your pregnancy. Cured meats like salami and ham should also be avoided as they increase the risk of toxoplasmosis and listeriosis.
  9. Alcohol And Tobacco: These should be avoided for reasons well- known to us all. They can cause a lot of damage to your baby and the baby could be born with health complications. Take great care in what you take in as it will affect your unborn baby as well. Eating right and eating healthy is important during every stage of your pregnancy. You are eating for yourself and your baby’s well- being, so make sure you only eat the healthiest and most nutritious foods. This will help your baby develop and grow properly. Eating well will also ensure that you are strong when it is time for birth. Taking good care of yourself while you are pregnant is important, especially when you are close to the due date.
When you eat healthy and nutritious foods, you guarantee yourself a problem-free pregnancy. Discomforts like constipation and heartburn are prevented when you eat a balanced diet. This in turn helps in your baby’s proper development and growth, resulting in a healthy baby who has no complications. Include the following in your diet:
WHAT TO EAT:
  1. Fiber-Rich Foods: Such as land and sea vegetables, fruits, whole grain breads, cereals, dates, etc.
  2. Iron-Rich Foods: Such as fish, chicken, egg yolk, broccoli, lentils, peas, spinach, berries, soybeans and dried fruits like prunes, raisins, etc. Do consume a minimum of 3 servings of iron-rich foods on a daily basis.
  3. Calcium-Rich Foods:Calcium retention peaks during this stage of your pregnancy which is why it is important for you to eat plenty of calcium-rich foods. Such foods include collard greens, dairy products, oatmeal, almonds and sesame seeds.
  4. Vit C-Rich Foods:Foods rich in vitamin C are also important during your 9th month of pregnancy. Eat plenty of citrus fruits, tomatoes, strawberries, broccoli and cauliflower.
  5. Folic Acid-Rich Foods:To avoid birth defects such as spina bifida, consume foods that are rich in folic acid content. Green leafy vegetables and legumes like lima beans, chickpeas and black-eyed peas should be a part of your daily diet.
  6. Vit A-Rich Foods:Spinach, carrots, sweet potato, cantaloupe and other rich sources of vitamin A should also be included in your diet during this stage of your pregnancy.
What NOT to Eat:
The foods that you have avoided throughout your pregnancy are the same as what you should omit from your diet during ninth month of pregnancy. Here are the foods that you should definitely stay away from during this time:
  1. Caffeine: Should be avoided. However, if you do drink it in any form, do not exceed 200 mg daily. Chocolate also contains caffeine, so limit your intake of it as well.
  2. Alcohol: It is widely known to be dangerous during pregnancy. To prevent mental retardation, premature delivery as well as a wide range of birth defects, it is important that you abstain from it completely throughout your pregnancy.
  3. Saccharine:It is a sweetener that should be completely removed from your diet during your pregnancy. Indulge in your sweet tooth by opting for organic fruits and homemade candies.
  4. Soft Cheeses: These are still a non-no. This type of cheese is normally not pasteurized and could lead to an infection, so stay away from it.
  5. Raw Sea Food:It is also important to remember to avoid sushi (most of which is prepared with raw fish as the main ingredient). Also other seafood that is served raw, such as oysters.
  6. Tobacco:It is dangerous during pregnancy. If you are a smoker or if you chew tobacco, it is important that you give it up not only in the 9th month pregnancy diet but throughout your pregnancy. Your child’s development and growth can be adversely affected if you take tobacco.
Apart from these foods, you should also avoid taking any over the counter medication. If you have a condition that requires you to take medication, consult your doctor and find out if it is safe to be taken while you are pregnant. Only the medicines and supplements prescribed by your doctor should be taken and it is of utmost importance to find out if any other medicines you are taking are safe for your baby. Make sure you make it very clear to your doctor that you are pregnant.
Eating a balanced diet and providing your body and your baby with all the essential nutrients required should be your primary goal. When you make sure that what you take in on a daily basis is healthy and beneficial for your baby’s development and growth, you ensure that your baby grows up to be a bouncing, healthy little angel! Stay healthy and take care of yourself as well as your baby. A healthy mother delivers a healthy baby, so remember your health is of utmost importance too!
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