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    Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 37 to 40 Weeks

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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 37 to 40 Weeks

    Food for you

    If you are a first time mum-to-be, during the next few weeks your baby's head will engage, and this should help release some of the pressure you have been feeling on your stomach and internal organs. Until this happens, you may find that you would rather eat small meals and snacks than full-size dishes.

    Nuts and seeds are great for flagging energy levels. Try cashews for iron or almonds for calcium. More options in our iron enriched and calcium enriched meal plans.

    Pumpkin, muskmelon and sunflower seeds provide instant energy and are good sources of protein and zinc. Try dry roasting the nuts and seeds for a distinct flavour -- avoid deep frying nuts, as that’s a sure shot way of piling on unwanted calories. You could also try our vegetarian and non-vegetarian protein enriched plan.

    Around this time, many mums-to-be find that their digestive systems slow down and they experience constipation. This is caused by a combination of factors: your baby is exerting considerable pressure by lying on your intestines; and hormonal changes and a less active lifestyle have a negative effect.

    Prevention is far better than cure, so if you start to feel any discomfort, increase the amount of water and fibre in your diet. As the baby is exerting pressure on your bladder, drinking more may not seem an attractive prospect, but water is essential to bulk out the fibre in your stools. Tea and coffee are not the solution: - in fact, they can have the opposite effect.



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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 37 to 40 Weeks

    Food for your baby

    At this stage in your pregnancy, your baby's nerves are beginning to develop a protective myelin sheath. This continues after he is born, and is reliant on vitamin B12, which is found almost exclusively in animal products. Ensure that you eat some lean red meat, fish or poultry and eggs regularly. Have plenty of low-fat dairy products such as skimmed milk and yoghurt.

    If you are vegetarian, you will need to take a vitamin supplement and eat fortified breakfast cereals, fortified soy products and nutritional yeast to make sure you are getting enough B12. However, do ensure you check with your doctor before taking any supplements.


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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 37 to 40 Weeks

    Preparing for hospital

    With the birth fast approaching, organise snacks and drinks to take into hospital. For some women, eating is the last thing on their mind, but for others, particularly those who have a long first stage, a snack will be essential.

    However, do check with your doctor and hospital if they will permit you to bring your own snacks and drinks -- some hospitals have a policy where only snacks and drinks from the hospital canteen are permitted.

    There is very little research on the nutrient requirements for childbirth. Also, whether you are permitted to eat during labour will depend on the hospital, so ask what their policy is. The main reason that eating is not allowed is to avoid the risk of inhaling the contents of a full stomach if you need to have a general anaesthetic for an emergency caesarean, but this is unlikely (estimated to be only seven cases in ten million labours).


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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 37 to 40 Weeks

    Try these suggestions:

    • If you feel like it, have a light meal during the early stages of labour before you go into hospital.
    • Take some easy-to-digest snacks in case you do feel hungry in the early stages. Plain biscuits, nuts and raisins are ideal.
    • Check in advance, what the hospital canteen has to offer -- if the food on their menu does not seem interesting, you could enlist the help of some relatives to organise snacks or a packed meal for your husband or birth partner.
    • If you become over-tired during the birth, the hospital may provide a fluid drip to give you energy.



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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 37 to 40 Weeks

    Focus on vitamin K

    This is the vitamin essential for blood clotting, which is important throughout life, but especially in preparation for childbirth. A large quantity of vitamin K is given routinely to babies at birth to prevent rare, but potentially fatal, bleeding in newborns.

    Get supplies of vitamin K from:

    • Green leafy vegetables including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, spinach, mustard greens, parsley, celery, and turnip greens
    • Cantaloupe melon, muskmelon, papaya, strawberries and pears
    • Cauliflower, cabbage, asparagus and tomato,green beans, peas and bell peppers
    • Fortified breakfast cereals
    • Soya bean, kidney beans
    • Brown rice, whole meal bread and pasta
    • Toned milk




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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 37 to 40 Weeks

    Snacks and drinks

    If you can't manage a full meal, split it up, so you have one or two small portions of main course, with a dessert or snack later. You could also try just a soup and salad meal or maybe a stuffed parantha or chapatti with a bowl of dal. If you run of ideas, try a freshly made fruit salad or fruit chaat to stave off the hunger pangs -- never stay hungry.

    Don't forget to drink plenty of water to avoid constipation -- at least eight to ten large glasses a day. Cut down on your caffeinated drinks (such as coffee, tea, cola, chocolate) to help avoid sleeplessness.

    Instead, choose plenty of non-caffeinated fluids, such as clean filtered water, coconut water, fresh limewater, herbal teas and fruit juice. In the hot summer, you can enjoy aam panna and jal jeera. Other options are a glass of buttermilk or lassi -- not only will these hydrate you, but will also give you the calcium your body needs.



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