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    Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 40+ Weeks

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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 40+ Weeks

    Food for you

    Research has shown that a breastfeeding mother requires between 430 and 570 extra calories a day. Your body will get some of this energy from fat stored during pregnancy, but you will also need regular meals and snacks.

    Elders may insist you eat specific traditional foods and beverages, made especially for lactating mothers. Your mum or your mother-in-law may insist on a daily dose of 'panjiri', 'dry fruit laddoos', 'full cream milk' and 'ghee laden foods' to enrich the quality of breast milk. While it may be difficult to refuse these during the first forty days after your baby's birth, try to eat these calorie rich foods in moderation.


    Include a variety of foods like vegetables, nuts, fruit, fish, poultry, whole grains, milk and low fat dairy products. Add a quarter of a teaspoon of roasted powdered cumin seeds, to dals, raitas, curries and so on as it is believed to increase milk production. You could also include special foods, such as brinjals, dal, drumsticks and green leafy vegetables, which are thought to help with lactation. Drinking plenty of fluids will help to make breast milk.

    If you are formula-feeding, eat a varied diet to help you cope with broken nights and recover from the birth. You will not need as many calories


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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 40+ Weeks

    Food for your baby

    Breastfeeding is a very personal issue, and there is plenty of advice available to help you to decide what to do. From a nutritional point of view, breastfeeding is very good for your baby. It helps protect your newborn from infection because your antibodies are passed into the milk, so your baby will be less vulnerable to coughs, colds and stomach upsets than formula-fed babies.

    If you are able to breastfeed for the first three to four months, this protection can last up to a year. Breastfed babies are also less likely to have asthma, eczema and other allergies.

    Breastfeeding should be an enjoyable time for you and your baby, and having to restrict your diet may make this less pleasurable. However, some foods are said to upset some babies, and appear to be related to colic. Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onion, garlic, spicy food, citrus fruits, grapes and chocolate are all considered possible culprits, but they do not seem to affect all babies.

    If your baby seems unsettled during feeding when you have eaten one of these foods, then substitute it for another of similar nutritional value. It is important to check with your doctor before you leave out foods entirely, because you may become deficient in certain minerals or vitamins.

    Caffeine can unsettle your baby, so keep your intake of tea, coffee and cola drinks low. Small amounts of alcohol pass into breast milk, making it smell and taste different to your baby. This affects her feeding, digestion and sleep patterns, so avoid drinking alcohol before breastfeeding, and keep your intake low at other times.


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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 40+ Weeks

    Do you have an allergy?

    If you, your spouse or your children have asthma, eczema, hayfever or a food allergy, discuss this with your doctor. You may be advised to delay weaning your baby onto certain foods, for example, milk, eggs, wheat, citrus fruit, fish, nuts or soya.

    Some breastfeeding mothers eliminate these foods from their own diets in the hope that it will reduce the likelihood of their babies developing food allergies. However, it is important to do this only with the advice of your doctor or dietician.



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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 40+ Weeks

    Shaping up

    You may be thinking about trying to get back into shape now that your baby is here. Don't be too tough on yourself -- you need to eat well to keep your energy levels up.

    However, if you have had a caesarean, it's wise to wait until your doctor gives you the go ahead.

    Eat sensibly A well-balanced diet with lots of fruit, vegetables, lean meat, poultry, fish and beans as well as carbohydrates such as brown rice, bread and pasta, will help you get back into shape.

    Take some exercise Go for lots of short walks with your baby in the pram to get some gentle exercise. Being outside will make you feel better too. Check out these new mum stretches

    No short cuts Don't be tempted to go on a crash diet or take slimming pills. They can make it more difficult to lose weight in the long term and will make you feel very tired.



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    Re: Diet Chart for Pregnant Women - 40+ Weeks

    Snacks and drinks

    You will probably be feeling very tired, so eat regularly and as well as you can. Remember to eat a variety of soups, meals or snacks. Opt for a smoothie or a milkshake when you are tired or can't face preparing a meal.

    If you are breastfeeding, drink plenty of water at all times. It is good to drink plenty of fluids — as much as 8-12 glasses of water a day -- as this will help your body to produce the milk you need for your baby.

    If the weather is hot and humid, you may need to increase your fluid intake. Apart from water, you can also drink fresh fruit juices, milk, coconut water, buttermilk, lassi and lemonade. Many women find that drinking water boiled with ajwain (carom seeds) and saunf (fennel seeds) helps in increasing lactation and also prevents colic.

    In the winter months, you can make a drink from a combination of beetroot, carrot, mint, coriander and tomato. This can be a good substitute to your regular fruit juices. Feeding your baby can take a long time, so have dried fruit and a drink nearby for a snack.



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