Diet tips for a happy monsoon pregnancy
AVOID RAW VEGETABLES
Raw vegetables contain certain enzymes which can be difficult to digest during pregnancy. To add to that, raw, chopped vegetables have a tendency to quickly absorb moisture, making them idyllic for bacterial growth. So you must totally skip eating salads or raw green leafy vegetables during the monsoon. The damp nature of the chopped raw vegetables gets them quickly contaminated, providing a perfect atmosphere for germs to thrive and grow, leading to infections.
STAY AWAY FROM RAW CHOPPED FRUIT
You should also avoid fruit high in water content like watermelon, cucumber, muskmelon, etc., especially if they have been kept in the open for too long. Like the raw veggies, these fruit also tend to get contaminated due to their damp nature. In case of fruit juices, prepare them fresh and consume immediately. Also, skip eating fruits with a strong smell like jackfruit and jamun. Smelly fruits attract flies which carry germs.
UP YOUR WATER INTAKE
Keep yourself well-hydrated to flush out the toxins from the body and to cope with the monsoon humidity. If possible, drink boiled water every time you feel thirsty. When outdoors, opt for juices packed in tetra packs or just sip on coconut water. Avoid drinking fruit juices from roadside vendors.
BE CAUTIOUS WITH NON-VEGETARIAN FOODS
Raw eggs and seafood should essentially be avoided during monsoons. Be even more careful with prawns as this is the breeding season for them. It can also be a good idea to stay away from raw fish and sushi.
DRINK HERBAL TEA
Herbal tea can be the best way to bolster your immune system and fight infections such as cold, flu and headache. Infuse basil leaves, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel seeds and ginger to your tea. The caffeine in coffee, tea, and sodas can lead to dehydration so try to replace these caffeinated beverages with herbal tea.
STICK TO HOME-COOKED FOODS
You should be extra careful of your diet during the monsoon. Street foods can be contaminated, and thus, pose an enormous threat to you and the health of your baby. Do not give in to your temptations even if you badly crave that pani puri. Remember, it is never worth the risk. Stick to home-cooked meals as much as you can!
WASH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THOROUGHLY
A lot of bacteria gets accumulated on foods such as cauliflower and green leafy vegetables. It is therefore important to wash them with warm water or blanch them. Blanching is a cooking process in which fruit and vegetables are first placed in boiling water for 1-2 minutes and then are placed in iced water or cold running water. This helps to get rid of the dirt as well as bacteria, and makes the food safe to consume.
REFRAIN FROM HIGH-FAT AND SUGARY FOODS
Fried foods such as pakoras and samosas might seem irresistible during this season but you must avoid them as the digestive system becomes weak and sluggish during the rains. Digesting foods with high-fat and sugar content becomes difficult. As digestion becomes slow, it often leads to indigestion and cramps in the stomach. Foods which are grilled, steamed or baked are always a better choice.