Stress isn’t good company for a pregnant woman. Though one can do a lot to combat stress during pregnancy – meditate, exercise, breathe right – but diet mismanagement can make all these good practices fall apart. ‘What you eat and how you eat have a direct co-relation with your soaring stress levels. A nutritious diet can counteract the impact of stress, by shoring up your immune system and lowering blood pressure,’ says Neeraj Mehta, fitness professional, nutritionist and director of GFFI Fitness Academy. Here’s some diet tips that can keep you stress free while you eat and bond with your baby-bump:
Get high on proteins: During pregnancy, along with the increase in calories the need for protein intake also rises. Without adequate protein your body might feel sluggish and tired too often, adding to your stress quotient. Your protein intake during pregnancy should increase by 10 g. Protein helps in cell and muscle development of both you and your baby. Eggs and chicken are by far the best source of protein. If you are a vegetarian, include all varieties of pulses, soya and sprouts to get the requisite amount of protein on your plate. ‘Even 4 to 6 ounces (approximately 120 g) of beans or legumes in a day can cover-up your daily requirement of protein,’ says Neeraj.
Include astringent foods in your diet: Astringent foods are the foods that help your body absorb water, tighten the tissues. They are found in legumes, raw fruits and vegetables and certain herbs. ‘Having astringent foods can make one feel calm during pregnancy the natural way. Oatmeal, lentils, beans, grapes and bananas are some common astringent foods. They contain tannin, the molecule that gives them their dryness... read full article about nutritious drinks here