During pregnancy, a very good friend of my mother gave me a list of top Indian superfoods for pregnancy. I needed to eat particular superfoods during pregnancy, one or two every month of pregnancy.
These foods were recommended by an Ayurveda /naturopathy practitioner. There’s a specific health reason for eating them though neither the lady nor I know them.
Remember, these foods don’t compensate for the overall nutrition an expecting mother or growing baby needs. It’s over and above your normal pregnancy diet.
Firstly, let me tell you what not to eat or avoid during pregnancy:
Papaya, pineapple, tindora (ivy gourd), guar fali (cluster bean). Papain in papaya is known to induce premature contractions. Not sure about guar fali’s active role in miscarriage; I just know this that guar fali causes a lot of gas and intestinal distress. Better to be safe than sorry.
So here are top Indian superfoods for pregnancy
What to eat in the first trimester of pregnancy?
Here are the pregnancy superfoods ideas for first trimester:
What to eat in the 1st and 2nd months: Most women are hardly aware that they are pregnant by this time. Hence, this nutrition diet starts only from 3rd month onwards.
What to eat in the 3rd month: Make a halwa (porridge) of bottle gourd in milk. Don’t use mawa (milk solids).
You may even eat petha. Bottle gourd and petha have cooling properties which is required in the first trimester as it is believed that the body produces a lot of heat which is not good for the growing fetus.
What to eat in the 4th month: Almond Balls
Crushed almond – 150 gm
Crushed candy sugar (mishri) – 150 gm
Crushed cardamom – a pinch
Long pepper (peepramul) – ½ tsp
Ghee – as required
Warm a little ghee and add crushed sugar in it. Mix well. Once it cools off, add almond powder, peepramul powder and cardamom in the pan. Mix well. Make small 30 balls, out of the mixture, for each day of the 4th month.
Now take an earthen dish and fill some water. Put one almond ball in a small silver bowl and cover it. Now place that bowl in the earthen dish and leave it overnight.
Eat this ball the first thing the next morning.
What to eat in the 5th month: Eat 1 spoon Chyavanprash every morning with milk. Well, you can eat chyavanprash in pregnancy every day if you want. Is chyavanprash good during pregnancy? It is if you source it from the right place and eat 1 spoon.
Grated coconut – 150 gm
Crushed candy sugar – 75 gm
Jaggary (molasses) – 75 gm
Ghee – as required
In a pan, warm some ghee and add sugar powder and jaggary. Turn off the gas. Now add grated coconut in the pan and mix well. Pour the entire contents of the pan on a greased plate, spread it well and let it cool. After some time, cut into diamond shaped pieces. Eat one daily for the whole 5th month.
What to eat in the 6th month: Oh, this one’s simple and everyone can do it.
Every morning, drink 1 glass of warm milk to which a little saffron and cardamom powder is added.
Every night, drink 1 glass of warm milk to which ¼ sp turmeric is added.
It’s supposed to help your child have a fair complexion. I doubt this claim. I guess it’s consumed for their medicinal benefits rather than the colour advantage.
What to eat in the 7th month: This one I had simply hated and didn’t follow it. Well, I was totally put off by cumin in my entire pregnancy.
Othmir jeera is also called Shahi jeera. Don’t know what is othmir jeera in English? Well, caraway seeds can be used as an alternative to othmir jeera during pregnancy. Othmir jeera benefits are that it relieves the tummy bloating, reduces morning sickness and constipation during pregnancy.
Caraway seeds / Othmir jeera – 50 gm
Cumin seeds (sada jeera) – 50 gm
Candy sugar – 100 gm
Mix all these ingredients in a jar. Take 1 spoon every day for the next 30 days.
What to eat in the 8th month: Fenugreek balls
It was ugh, so bad that I had nightmares of eating it even after my delivery. But it has lots of health benefits. That’s what counts, isn’t it?
Wheat flour – 200 gm
Fenugreek seed powder (methi) – 75 gm
Crushed almond – 50 gm
Crushed candy sugar – 350 gm
Long pepper powder (peepramul powder) – 1 tsp
Ghee – as required
In a pan, roast whole wheat flour in ghee. Turn off the gas as soon as the flour changes its colour. Now add the ingredients and mix well. Now make small 30 balls. Have 1 ball every morning with warm milk.
What to eat in the 9th month: There’s no dietary restriction. I remember eating everything from papaya to pineapple.
As your baby is entirely formed in the womb, I didn’t see any harm in eating a little of everything. As such post delivery, there are dietary restrictions for 40 days.
I had 1-2 tsp of ganthoda powder during pregnancy that is peepramul powder with warm milk once a day. And also had 1-2 tsp of ghee with warm milk in the evening to help digestion and avoid constipation.
So these are the top Indian superfoods for pregnancy. Be active and have a healthy pregnancy.