My experience during first three months of pregnancy
One of the things that I enjoy most in my life is gorging on sweet and spicy delicacies but there comes a time in life when your tastes and preferences change; it’s when you go through a life altering experience of giving birth to another human-being. I am in the 6th month of my second pregnancy and I will tell you how challenging my 1st trimester has been. The summers had just started and coping with internal body changes and heat of sun was no difficult than passing a difficult exam. We used to live on the sixth floor and the direction of our apartment was such that all day long our house would burn like anything. Recently, with God’s grace, we purchased our own apartment in the same society and that too, on the ground floor. The best part about it is its location – our new home is adjacent to the society park. So, neither I feel hot nor alone during the day. To feel good is of utmost importance during this time of your life.
I got to know about my pregnancy in the second month and since then I left my morning cup of hot tea and an evening cup of hot coffee. No, it wasn’t intentional; it was just that my mind and body did not demand it. I wanted something cool and soothing for the stomach. So, I started sipping on chilled coconut water instead. My husband made sure that the coconuts were stocked up in advance in the kitchen.
The second challenge that I faced was of cooking in the kitchen. I felt nauseous while making tadkas and rotis and would puke, so I hired a cook but this arrangement didn’t work out for long. However, after the 1st trimester, I have started feeling comfortable in the kitchen again. But I cook things which are easy to make and are also healthy.
I had also started disliking certain foods like poha, certain veggies like capsicum, and brinjal. I rather preferred things that are good for digestion like dal-rice, porridge, and curd. All through the 1st trimester, I was eating light food and despite that I would puke 2-3 times a day. But when I told my doctor about this, she said it was very normal.
But all of this has stopped as I have entered the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy. Now I feel much better and would eat like it’s any other day. My doctor also advised me to try eating whole fruit instead of drinking juice as juices lead to stomach acidity. So I make sure that I eat 2-3 types of seasonal fruits daily and take right nutrition for a safe and healthy pregnancy. I wrote an article last year and it’s about importance of fruits in the daily diet of an expectant mom – A sure shot way to produce a healthy baby. This article would enlighten you about the good and the bad fruits during pregnancy.
My doctor also suggested that I start having milk at least twice a day with Mother’s Horlicks. After purchasing it, I got to know that the product is scientifically designed which contains high protein and many nutrients for my baby’s growth. It is important to include this in your daily routine right from the start of the pregnancy. Now it has become an integral part of my daily routine.
Some important tips for expecting mums-
- Avoid eating out as it is not good for your digestion (especially at a roadside eateries)
- Try eating high protein food items as it is good for baby’s growth and baby’s brain development.
- Include nuts in your diet (soaked almonds are best during summer season).
- Apart from three full meals in a day, eat something (healthy snacks like yogurt) after every 2-3 hours. Do not create long gaps between two meals.
- Do join pre-natal yoga, if you can. It keeps you physically active and helps in easy delivery of the baby.
- Take your medicines regularly and go for regular monthly checkups for a healthy baby.
- There is nothing like home-cooked food for a pregnant lady.
- Avoid caffeine; go for healthy drinks like coconut water, shakes, lassi, etc.
May all of you lovely to-be mommies have a healthy and safe pregnancy! If you found the article helpful, do share it with others. Thanks for reading.
This article was originally published here.