During pregnancy shift to a nutritious diet plan, consume foods rich in calcium and iron, drink lots of water and follow a healthy lifestyle. This will help nourish the baby's growth. Post delivery make sure the baby gets adequate amount of breast milk. Control the amount of oil and spices you use on your food and drink warm water until the baby is being breastfed.
Having a Healthy Baby
How to have a healthy baby? Every expecting parent would want to have a healthy baby; hence the most important focus during pregnancy should be of taking care of the mother and the expected baby. Kaumarbhratya is a branch of Ayurveda, dedicated to childcare. Childcare in Ayurveda begins a long time before the child is actually born. All pregnant women must follow a healthy diet and lifestyle and avoid a few things to have a healthy baby.
See your practitioner before becoming pregnant and evaluate the following conditions.
- Family history: Your doctor might give suggestions if there are any genetic or birth defects in your family.
- It is important to discuss with your health care provider if you are suffering from conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes which may affect your pregnancy.
- You should be tested and treated, before you get pregnant for any sexually transmitted disease such as Chlamydia, HIV, gonorrhea and others which can not only harm you, but also your baby.
- Start changing your food habits to include a healthy variety of foods. A good nutritious diet should be consumed on a daily basis.
- Ayurveda suggests a balanced vegetarian diet, with foods rich iron and calcium. Calcium can be obtained by eating dry dates, poppy seeds, almonds, dried beans milk and milk products while iron and folic acid are present in black raisins, figs, saffron, spinach, pomegranate and apples.
- An expecting mother should consume milk, Ayurvedic ghee and fresh juices of sweet seasonal fruits for a healthy baby.
- Pregnant women should drink lots of water.
- They should eat foods rich in iron. Iron can be found in food products such as dry fruits, salmon, dried beans and peas among others.
- Pregnant women should have a healthy lifestyle to have a safe delivery and a healthy baby.
- According to Ayurveda, breast milk has no substitution for a new born kid.
- The child should be given good and nutritious substance from the beginning to make the base of his health strong.
- Minimize oil and spices until the child is being breastfed.
- Drink warm water instead of room temperature water throughout the day.
Avoid Products that Can Harm You and Your Baby
- Smoking poses a great risk to you and your baby.
- Avoid alcohol as when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, so does her baby.
- Avoid raw food items, unpasteurized milk and milk products.
- Cut down on caffeine. Drinking more than 200mg of caffeine a day increases the risk of miscarriage and low birth weight.
been watching luke cage, pretty sweet! http://tinyurl.com/jfegpku
It is good to see that the information and photo on this page have been updated and more appropriate, replacing the previous content.
There is no regulation for FB blogs, and so much emphasis on 'skinny' on this one, with inaccurate nutrition information. It is difficult to overlook this when one knows of a person who has died from anorexia.
Gauri you should read blogs that make you happy and stop complaining about this one, I for one find it very informative!!!!
looked just like that when I was pg - enough of this slim is not appropriate, get off your lazy butts and do something and put the appropriate food into your mouth - I am 76 yrs old and have always been very slim and healthy (still have not seen a doc yet this year) and now I am 150 ibs and feel like a blimp. Look at pictures of old most everyone had a slender frame!! quit whining!~!!
I have to confess I was worried about not gaining weight during pregnancy, but my doctor never said I needed to, he told me the baby's weight was good (actually she was slightly over the normal size and weight). Of course, she is a model. What if it was an overweight pregnant woman?! Lots of women get overweight while pregnant! It doesn't mean all women reading the article must feel in the obligation to look like the model, you know, reading the article is the idea, not just staring at the picture! LOL
Really, both mother and baby need to gain weight, but each pair's constitution is specific, and indeed a doctor must advise on what is necessary for a healthy baby, and just as important, a healthy mother. There are a number of health risks during pregnancy and post-partum for a mother which can even go undetected - one is anaemia, as iron stores are used up during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Lastly, while the model might represent an 'average thin mother', an average mother is not thin.
She looks like an average thin mother to me. The same hapened to that model Sarah Stage! All women gone crazy saying her baby would be underweight and sick, and he was born big and healthy! The baby is the one who needs to gain weight, not the mother, and the doctors know when a baby is healthy or not.
There is no problem with 'thin girls'. I am a 'thin girl' myself; weighing 115 pounds since 21 years of age, and now 48; also having gained a healthy number of pounds when pregnant, which took a great amount of effort to put on this weight. The problem is with the information shared with the public by CureJoy. The published information needs to be accurate if this is what is being portrayed to be.
What's your problem with thin girls?! I'm clearly not that thin, but I gained only 11lbs while carring my baby and she was born With 7lbs and 6oz and perfectly healthy. Right after giving birth I weighted the same that I did before getting pregnant. Not all women turn into a whale while expecting! LOL
Gauri Bijur We aren't really sure, what the problem is. The picture depicts a lot of common woman in initial weeks of pregnancy. The way you put it, looks like skinny girls won't even have chance of being a healthy mother.
Get tested for MTHFR. If you lack this enzyme all the folic acid in the world will not help you. Many women are unable to conceive, miscarry, have children with Down syndrome or neural tube defects (CP) because of methylation issues regarding MTHFR. This knowledge has only been around a very few years, since the genome mapping, so many doctors are unaware of it.
It is disappointing that such an inappropriate picture was chosen for this article. The model expectant mother is far too slim and whether real or not, sets a negative signal related to body image for real expectant mothers. For a healthy baby, a mother should have much more body mass if this is what her body/constitution is like. I am very disappointed with this post and CureJoy/Ayurveda who now seem publish every other article related to being unnaturally skinny! Skinny is not equivalent to healthy!
It definitely brings out a mothers strengths and weaknesses. Everything happens for a reason. God gave me my baby for a reason. I'm not sure of all the reasons but I've overcome so many of my own vulnerabilities after having my son. He's a miracle baby and a precious gift
I am so sorry! I am retired and worked OB/GYN. For a while in the 1970s. I could not handle the babies that were born sick. And felt so bad for the parents. So my heart goes out to you.
Defiantly eat well and exercise I was militant when I was pregnant. I was pretty healthy anyway but stopped drinking tea or anything with caffeine. Was at the gym till I was 6 months pregnant. My pregnancy was amazing no issues what so ever was text book. Gave birth to a 9lb 8 baby, who was (and still is very healthy).
I wanted a healthy baby too! I did everything right, but I was caught totally off guard. My baby had a stroke at birth that damaged 90% of the left hemisphere. He went on to have 300 breakthrough seizures and Seattle Childrens hospital ended up removing the rest of the left hemisphere.We can't always control outcome but we can always control a healthy mindset. This month is pediatric stroke awareness month.