First of all, we would like to congratulate you; your due date is near. So, far you have felt your baby inside you and soon you will see your baby. Though you are in the last month of your pregnancy you still need to take utmost care of yourself and get enough nutrients both for yourself and your baby. You need to continue it for lactation phase as well. Here are few questions answered for you for these four weeks.
How Do I Cure Heartburn and Indigestion?
It’s very common to have indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy but this is so uncomfortable. It might be because of all the hormonal changes and physical changes happened in your body but you want to cure it and feel better, don’t you? Avoid all the fatty foods which are spicy foods, citrus fruits and fruit juices, coffee and chocolate. Take small but frequent meals. Eat slowly and chew well before you swallow. Sit straight most of the time and while you sleep make sure your upper body lies higher than your lower body. Have a biscuit or any snack before you get up from the bed and do not sleep immediately after having your meal. These simple tips can help you cure these problems and will make you feel better.
Should I Take Vitamin K?
Do you know why do we need vitamin K? This vitamin helps in coagulation and clotting the blood when required. Your baby has it but in low quantities. Whenever your baby gets a cut or wound, the blood should clot immediately to avoid excessive bleeding. So, it is very important to take good amount of vitamin K these weeks. This vitamin not only clots the blood but also heals the wound quickly; it also strengthens the bones. Take plenty of vitamin K rich foods and this can be found in green leafy vegetables, cauliflower, cereals, pasta, cantaloupe melon, green beans, wholemeal bread, vegetable oil, etc. Small amount of vitamin K can also be found in meat products and dairy products. In the first few weeks after your baby’s birth as well you need to take foods rich in vitamin K as you need to breastfeed your child. Formulated milk also has this vitamin in it and is more rich than breastmilk. The first breastfeed milk which is known as colostrum is very rich in vitamin K.
What Should You Eat After Delivery?
The first few weeks after delivery are also as important as your pregnancy weeks. You should continue getting all the required nutrients as you need to breastfeed your baby and at the same time you need to be healthy as well. Avoid all the junk foods and takeaways; prefer healthy diet as always. If you have insufficient time to prepare food then prepare batches of food whenever you get time and keep them in the refrigerator. This is the best solution to avoid junk foods and to stay healthy. You will have food ready; whenever you need, just heat some food and have it.
Should You Eat During Labour?
This is the phase every woman is very worried about and gets so many questions especially the do’s and don’ts. The answer to this question is yes; you can definitely eat and drink at this phase. In the last stage of your labour you may not want to eat or drink anything but in the early stages of this phase, you can have something easily digestible. Keep foods which can be digested easily and have fluid foods in a bottle handy. This will prevent dehydration and will maintain your energy levels. Starchy foods like cereals, bread, bananas and biscuits are the foods which give instant energy. These will provide you energy and help you through contractions. Coming to drinks, prefer water, isotonic sports drink, fruit smoothies, fruit juices, weak squash, etc.
Keep your breakfast simple and easy to digest. Get more carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up. Prefer, cereals like rice and wheat, bread, bananas, etc. Have healthy green salad, green sandwiches, oatmeal in milk, pasta, etc.
How about trying couscous egg salad with pine nuts and currants? You can also store it in the fridge for a day. Preparing this takes just 20 minutes and it needs couscous, olive oil, currants, parsley, lemon juice, pine nuts, black pepper, hard boiled eggs and boiling water.
Boil the eggs in some water in a pan and take a large bowl of boiling water. Pour the couscous and currants into it and stir well. Once it turns fluffy turn off the stove and keep it aside to cool down. Add some parsley, pine nuts and squeeze some lemon juice over it.; sprinkle some black pepper, slice eggs and place over the salad.
Beetroot soup is rich in folate, magnesium and potassium. You need beetroot, carrot, celery, potato, onion, olive oil, vegetable stock, bay leaves and yogurt. Make it the way you prepare regular soup.
Who doesn’t love melon and blueberries with some yogurt? It is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C. You just need 10 minutes to prepare this and it needs cantaloupe melon, yogurt, honey and blueberries. Slice the melon and mix with blueberries; Take them in some greek yogurt and add some honey.
You can also try fruity flapjacks which is rich in fibre. You need sunflower margarine, demerara sugar, golden syrup, porridge oats and dates. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C, and heat the margarine and sugar until they melt completely. Mix some golden syrup, oats and dates in it. Press this into a greased baking tin and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or till it turns golden brown. Remove it from the oven and let it cool down a bit. Now cut this flapjack into fingers and leave it to completely cool down.
Spinach and cheese quiche needs wholemeal flour, white flour, olive spread and water. You can also use ready made pastry. Filling needs onion, olive oil, eggs, ricotta cheese, nutmeg, spinach and cheddar cheese.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and mix all the flours. Rub in the fat until it looks like breadcrumb. Add water to make it soft dough and then knead lightly and keep it in the fridge. Now prepare the filling by sauteing the chopped onions in a pan and keep it aside. Beat the eggs with some ricotta cheese and nutmeg; mix the spinach and cheddar cheese along with the onions in the pan. Roll out the pastry and fill it with spinach mixture; Bake it for 40 to 45 minutes or till it looks crispy and have it.