PREG­NANCY WELL-BE­ING

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Son­ali Shivlani’s pre­na­tal ad­vice

HOW TO EN­SURE YOU ARE EAT­ING RIGHT DUR­ING PREG­NANCY?

It’s so easy to ac­tu­ally bal­ance meals and eat healthily. The best way to do it is to fol­low the five finger rule for all the meals which means that each of your meal should com­prise of: 1. A healthy carb — choose an un­re­fined op­tion like whole grain roti or bread, upma or red rice, poha, idli or dosa. 2. Veg­eta­bles and fruits — choose a range of colours to get a wider in­take of nu­tri­ents. 3. Pro­tein — pulses, legumes, sprouts, eggs, meat, and nuts. 4. Cal­cium — milk, pa­neer, curd, lassi. 5. Healthy fats - You don’t need too much of this so just about six tea­spoons in a day should be enough. Opt for un­sat­u­rated op­tions like olive oil, flax seed oil, and nut-based oils.

IS IT NOR­MAL TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE SWELLING ANDFLUID RE­TEN­TION DUR­ING PREG­NANCY?

In most In­dian fam­i­lies swelling is con­sid­ered to be ab­so­lutely nor­mal dur­ing preg­nancy. It is as­sumed that it is part of the nat­u­ral weight gain process. How­ever, keep in mind that any kind of swelling should be re­ported to the doc­tor. It could be sim­ple fluid re­ten­tion which oc­curs due to stand­ing or sit­ting in one po­si­tion for a long time. This type of swelling usu­ally sub­sides with move­ment in a lit­tle while and hence, is not alarm­ing. If swelling hap­pens for no par­tic­u­lar rea­son and it does not sub­side with move­ment or di­etary changes, it could be due to el­e­vated blood pres­sure and this can pose a po­ten­tial threat to your health. You can do a sim­ple check and en­sure that your fin­ger­ing fits you through­out your preg­nancy.

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