There are no statistics reporting as to how many women in India are pregnant at a given point of time, but I am sure the number is really huge. Pregnancy is considered as just another phase of the life cycle in women but actually it is THE MOST IMPORTANT PHASE because it not only marks the arrival of a new human being but is also a rebirth for the mother. The health and well being of both is very crucial since their survival depends on each other.
Most women are very receptive to changes in diet and lifestyle during pregnancy as every mother wants a HEALTHY BABY. So no matter what they have been doing all this while, they want to build a healthy foundation for a normal healthy infant. Unfortunately, the much needed focus on nutrition during this phase is lacking with Doctors hardly acknowledging the need for a structured and specific diet regimen. Except that they mostly monitor weight closely but don’t tell the mothers the right way to gain or lose to achieve the ideal.
Pregnancy lays the foundation for health of not only the newborn but also the mother and several risks are associated with both, under and over nutrition during pregnancy
We would like to take you through a few important pointers as you embark on this life-changing journey!
5 ways to prepare your body for conception!
Pregnancy brings with it immense physical, mental and psychological changes. Being forewarned is being forearmed! Take time out to prepare your body for this magnificent and challenging journey. It is an irreversible change so it’s better to plan carefully and get onto a perfect start.
Here are 5 ways to prepare your body for conception
Gorge on greens: Green leafy vegetables increase fertility and also freshness. The more you incorporate these into daily diet the less you will have to bother about side effects of pregnancy or gulping excess prenatal vitamins. Bring in the spinach, fenugreek, broccoli, drumsticks and these frilly friends can stick around till the end.
Drink plenty of water: To grow healthy eggs, good oxygenation and blood circulation are necessary. Activity and good hydration will stimulate circulation and improve egg health. A bottle of water is going to be your perpetual companion on every visit to the gynaecologist and all the way upto the obstetrician.
Embrace those morning walks: Walks are a great way to un-clutter your mind. This will be of great help throughout pregnancy also since there are likely to be lot of apprehensions and stresses related to the baby’s outcome. Stress could prevent ovulation or lead to the release of unhealthy eggs. Walking does assume more importance through last stages of pregnancy as you want to prepare your body for a normal delivery versus a C-section. So walk away into pregnancy!!
Quit smoking for good: Whether a part-time smoker or full-time no matter what…this is the time to stop. We do know of the multiple ways in which it can harm the mother but it can have seriously damaging effects on the newborn, some of which time will reveal but in a very painful way. Just quit now.
Switch from cocktails to mocktails: Trust me; having a baby gives too many highs and lows to depend on alcohol for the same. Start enjoying natural fresh juices and you will always be in the right mental and emotional state through the pregnancy.
At the same time one must take conscious efforts to assess and monitor one’s health on a continuous basis. eKincare – Your Personal Health Manager provides you a platform to upload your medical records and different health indicators. This can be helpful not just during pregnancy but also post childbirth and can help you & your family stay healthy throughout your life.
Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.