So, you have crossed 36th week and have entered 37th week. Is it ok to cross 36 weeks? If your pregnancy crosses 40 weeks then it is called overdue. They may offer you induction during and post 40th week. If this induction date is going beyond your expectations then few things can be done to reduce the wait time but this doesn’t guarantee it though. Along with few tips find breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner ideas as well that may help you.
Which Foods Can Bring On Your Labour?
There are few foods that may bring on your labour; however we can just hope. Try eating spicy foods but remember that it can cause heartburn and acidity. So, be ready with the remedies. If you are not used to spicy foods then it can upset your stomach too; in that case you cannot try this tip.
Fresh slices of pineapple is rich in an enzyme called bromelain that helps in softening the cervix. A small piece of this fruit contains very less amount of this enzyme; so, you need to eat a large size of it.
Are There Foods To Be Eaten and Taken to Hospital?
It’s better keep all the required snacks at home beforehand so that they stay handy whenever you need. Some women do not prefer eating at all at this stage but there are women who face the first stage for very long period; so, they need snacks and drinks from time to time. Here are few tips that can help you through.
- Take light meals in the early stages of your labour especially before you go to hospital.
- Prefer easy to digest snacks like biscuits, nuts, raisins, rusks, etc. These come to rescue when you feel hungry.
- Check with the hospital canteen and if the food available there doesn’t seem so good to as per your taste then plan organize your snacks or packed meals with the help of your husband or relatives.
- If you become too tired while giving birth then the doctors will help you by providing fluid drip for energy.
- It is better to check with the hospital if they allow outside snacks and drinks because some hospitals allow only their canteen foods.
Eating Healthy With Your Baby In The First Two Weeks
Once the baby is born, it’s not over yet. You still need to continue to have healthy food to recover and to breastfeed your baby. However you cannot cook alone; so, take help of your relatives or cook and keep it in your fridge. You can use it for a week and eat in batches. If you don’t have enough support or you are living just with your husband then you may want to hire a cook and a maid. Let them look after the kitchen till you recover and are able to do the household works. Some also prefer to order food from reputed restaurants. So, think about it and choose an option appropriate for you.
As always keep your breakfast simple yet healthy. Prefer a bowl of milk with cereal like cornflakes or sandwiches with lots of veggies. Salads are also good to start but make sure to have a glass of milk for energy. Keeping your breakfast simple will help you a lot by saving time and energy.
Soups can be a good idea to go for. Beetroot is rich in folate, magnesium, potassium. Avoid adding cream or yogurt while preparing beetroot juice and freeze it so that you have it in batches. You need beetroot, carrot, celery, potato, onion, olive oil, vegetable stock, bay leaves, etc. to prepare this. Once you peel the beetroot grate it or process it and cut carrot into small pieces. Add celery and potato pieces and blitz it. Heat some olive oil in a saucepan and stir in some chopped onion. Once it turn light brown add vegetables, stock and bay leaves. Boil and cover the lid. Let it boil over low flame for 25 minutes and then blend it to smooth liquid using food processor. If you add cream or yogurt then do not store it.
Try having fruity flapjacks in the evening as oats present in it is rich in fibre. It can be stored in the freezer for few days. You will need sunflower margarine, demerara sugar, golden syrup, porridge oats and chopped dates. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and heat margarine and sugar till they melt completely. Stir in the golden syrup, oats, dates and mix the ingredients well. Take a greased baking tin and press into it and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until it turns golden brown. Remove and keep it aside to cool down. Cut the flapjacks and leave it to cool down.
You can also have fresh fruit juice, smoothies like mango smoothie, tomato apple juice, baked banana chips, etc.
Have you ever tried ragu sauce before? On freezing it, ragu sauce will can be stay for a couple of days. Have it with pasta, lasagne sheets and cheese sausage. You need lean minced beef, finely chopped onion, crushed garlic clove, smoked bacon pieces, chopped tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, red wine and oregano. Take the beef in a non-stick pan and heat it; keep stirring while breaking up this mixture. Add chopped onion, bacon, garlic and heat it to fry. Keep stirring and cooking till onions turn soft. Chop the sundried tomatoes and add them to the pan along with chopped canned tomatoes, herbs and some wine. Let this boil for some time and then reduce the flame. Cover the lid and leave it for 35 to 40 minutes and then stir well. Alcohol in the wine you added will cook off slowly. Take it out and let it cool down before you have it.
This was easy to prepare this; similarly, you can try many simple yet healthy recipes to get nutrients from the food.