When you are pregnant, suggestions and advice on your diet will be pouring in from almost every relative.
‘You should eat this dear. Your baby will benefit!’
‘Oh! Don’t eat that. It isn’t good for the baby!’ and similar recommendations.
Of course, everyone has their best interests at heart for you. But aren’t you confused as to whose advice you should follow? So we’ve picked out the 3 most common questions asked by all pregnant women and tried answering them to the best of our knowledge. Take a look!
1. Is it safe to eat papaya when I am pregnant?
Yes, it’s absolutely safe to eat papaya when you’re pregnant; the only condition being that it should be ripe enough. In India, people traditionally believe that eating papayas causes miscarriage and still birth. But a well-ripened papaya has nutrients that help prevent and control constipation and heartburn for pregnant women. So you can include it in your diet in moderate amounts. However, eating raw papaya has is a strict no-no as it is rich in latex – a substance that causes uterine contractions. Papaya skins or seeds are also unsafe and hence should be avoided during pregnancy. Best way to have it: Papaya smoothie – mix ripe papaya with milk and honey.
2. Is it safe to eat sesame seeds when I am pregnant?
There is no scientific evidence to suggest that sesame seeds (til seeds) are unsafe to consume during pregnancy. It is actually very rich in calcium, amino acid, proteins, vitamins B, C and E. But there is a common belief that since sesame seeds are a ‘heat-emitting food’, they cause changes within and lead to miscarriages. It’s best to consult your doctor regarding this as every woman is different and may react differently to every type of food.
3. Is it safe to eat street food when I am pregnant?
With a variety of tempting and mouth-watering street food available in India, it may be hard to resist the food cravings kicking in. You can eat what you like, when you like. But always keep in mind the ingredients and the hygiene of the place where you’re eating from. It’s best to avoid chaats and sandwiches that are prepared using raw vegetables and fruits. Also, be wary of the water that is used while preparing street food.
All said and done, before consuming any new food, it’s best to check with your gynaecologist. After all, pregnancy is a momentous period of your life that you should enjoy!
Here are some suggestions given by Babyoye parents on the same questions:
|Antara Singh Arya – Eating ripe papayas is absolutely fine; does wonders for your haemoglobin. Don’t eat raw papaya tends to upset your stomach. But do observe if you have motions after eating. Papaya did wonders for me; have two kids 7 and 4 and I ate both the times.
Rupali Garg – Reddish ripe papaya is alright but is papaya is unripe it’s harmful and to be avoided.
Birinder K. Mohindra - Raw papaya is unsafe because it contains an enzyme which causes uterine contractions which may result in preterm labor, same with PINEAPPLE. Ripe papaya is safe, but again it should not be consumed in large quantities because it may have remnants of the same enzyme, even when ripe. I have no clue about sesame seeds, but hey better safe than sorry! Street Foods…a strict no no, because during pregnancy the immune system is tremendously suppressed and anything unsafe can cause food poisoning quickly. Diarrhoea, vomiting and fluid loss is really bad for both the mother and the baby.In addition to that the excessive spiciness can cause heartburn and discomfort to the expectant mother, hence street food should be strictly avoided. Hope that answers it all!
Bharti Achariya – You can eat ripe papaya but not d unripe one as it has some enzymes which can stimulate contraction. Sesame seeds can be taken in moderation, and of course junk food should be avoided.
Gagan Preet – It’s all about the difference in myth and reality. My doctor had told me to eat everything except maida products and cold drinks. I had lots of papaya during my pregnancy a few years ago.
Himali Das – I avoided papaya but I had sesame seeds, and I have a beautiful year old baby with no health problems. In fact sesame seeds are rich in iron.
Shraddha Gururaj Dalal – You can eat any fruit which you like during pregnancy only avoid some cold foods as you can catch cold or cough..street foods should be avoided as they can cause stomach upset instead have hygienic food made at home.
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Till now, your baby’s tummy is used to breast-milk and introducing anything new is crucial. Be it pureed or mashed fruits or little titbits from the dining table, your baby will take time to get used to the different flavours every day! It takes a bit of trial and error to see what works out and what would be best suitable for your child.
In comparison with pre-packaged foods that have high content of added preservatives, homemade food will make you sure of what exactly you’re feeding your child.
So fret not and don your Master Chef Hat to prepare some yummy food for your baby!
Homemade Baby Food in 6 Steps
- Wash your hands and the utensils that you are going to use.
- Scrub & remove peels, cores and seeds of fruits and veggies. For meat, remove the fat, skin & bones.
- Bake, steam, roast or microwave until tender.
- Then puree it in a food processor with a little breast milk or water.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer in airtight containers – but don’t keep the food for more than 2 days. Food is best when fresh!
- Rewarm when your baby wants to eat & allow to cool.
There! Now that sounds doable, doesn’t it?
Baby Food Tricks
We know it’s difficult to prepare new food for your baby every day, since it’s time consuming and can be stored for a lesser time as compared to pre-packaged food. Here are some tricks to help you on the way:
Exclusively for my baby!
When making a meal for the family, set aside a small serving for your baby – without the spices, salt or any other flavours. This way you don’t have to prepare separate food daily.
Try something different with your baby’s food that packs nutrition and is tasty
as well. Instead of putting a spoonful of peas in to your baby’s mouth, mix them into mashed potatoes or pasta. Mix a peach or apple with unsweetened yogurt.
Eat the Rainbow!
Since your baby is on the joyride of exploring colours, why don’t you introduce a rainbow diet? Serve varied colours to your baby: Red (cooked tomatoes, red peppers), yellow (bananas), green (peas, green beans).
Store it Right!
To store the pureed food, place serving-size portions in an ice cube tray, a paper cupcake liner, a glass dish, or a piece of plastic wrap and freeze. Two tablespoons is the average size.
Daily Dose of must-have homemade foods for your baby
||1 year & above
||Banana, pear, plum, apple, peach
||Same as 4-6 months + papaya, melon, apricot, chopped or pureed raisins & grapes
||Same as 6-9 months + mango, pineapple
||Same as 10-12 months + oranges, lemons & citrus fruits, strawberries
|Cereals & Grains
||White rice or brown rice
||Same as 4-6 months + wheat, rye, barley, oats, quinoa, pasta
||Sweet potato, white potato, carrots, pumpkin, parsnip
||Same as 4-6 months + peas, green beans, bell pepper
||Same as 6-9 months + tomatoes, spinach, okra
||Same as 10-12 months
||Same as 4-6 months + cheese, yogurt
||Same as 6-9 months
||Same as 10-12 months + cow’s milk
||Cooked egg yolk or white
||Cod, salmon, sardines, mackerel
||Chicken, mutton, beef, lamb
You just don’t seem to get enough of your lovely bundle of joy, and at the same time you don’t get enough time to keep a track of messy-but-you-have-to-do-it tasks. The most challenging one would definitely be diapering the baby!
How often will you need to change your newborn’s diapers? Will you take turns in changing the diapers or let your better half handle the poo and pee? Undoubtedly, these and a million other questions will constantly nag you up! All you need to do is continue reading for some cool tricks to tackle the ‘Diapering Dilemma’.
Get your facts right
Before you get down to sort the dirty diapers, familiarize yourself with some stuff about diapers –
- Since newborns have absolutely no control over their bladder, they tend to pee & poo more often and thus soil their diapers every 2-3 hours. So change their diapers frequently.
- If a baby remains in a soiled diaper for long, he is more likely to be fidgety, cry and get a diaper rash.
- Diaper changes give you a ‘sneak-peek’ into your baby’s health too (apart from their pee and poo). If he/she wets 5-6 disposable diapers or 6-8 cloth diapers with light yellow urine and has 2-4 loose, grainy, mustard-coloured stools in a day, all is well.
Changing a Fidgety Toddler
Changing diapers of an almost still, calm baby seems much better than holding down a squirming or ever jumpy toddler, doesn’t it? But this is how it goes! So you better be ready with your own plan of action with your crawling commando!
- Ready, set, go
Before every change, keep everything that you will need within your reach. A fresh diaper, wipes, wash cloths, towels, diaper rash ointment, blanket and ‘distractions’.
- Distraction is the key
A large flip book, your car keys, his bright and shiny toys or a dummy cell phone. It can be anything that amuses your tiny tot long enough for a quick diaper change.
Babies love to entertain as well as be entertained. So bring on a mind-blowing solo performance for your little one. Sing, act, and dance – do it all to keep him engrossed in you! In the end, you’ll surely leave with an enthralled audience.
- Follow the baby
When your baby starts crawling and moving around, it is harder to hold him down. So rather than running behind him everywhere, haul all the diapering essentials in a basket, grab your child and change him wherever he is!
Changing diapers for boys and girls is neither easy nor the same. Here are the gender-specific things you need to do –
Just for your boy
When changing your baby boy’s diapers, as cold air hits your boy’s penis, it instantly creates a fountain of urine. So there’s a mighty chance of you and the things around you getting sprayed! Keep a few things in mind while changing your little mister’s diapers:
- Don’t let the old diaper fall open. Always place a wipe or wash cloth over your baby’s penis to shield you if he pees.
- You may also gently point your baby’s penis downward to avoid accidental sprays.
- Clean his bottom and little skin folds thoroughly for any faecal matter left behind as it may cause diaper rash.
Just for your girl
- Be sure to wipe her from the front to the back and under her skin folds properly with wipes.
- Don’t let her be wet down there for long, as it can turn into a breeding ground for urinary tract infections. Wipe her dry.
- Don’t clean your little girl’s genitals with soap as they can cause infections too.
What diapering dilemmas did you face or are facing with your lil’ one? How did you overcome them? We’d love to hear your story!
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