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fertility nutrition
Categories Pregnancy nutrition

HOW TO MAINTAIN WEIGHT DURING PREGNANCY SAFELY?

As a fertility nutrition specialist, I get many patients who are obese yet pregnant. It is a well-established fact that obesity increases the chances of pregnancy related complications like, miscarriages, gestational diabetes, hypertension during pregnancy, development complications in the unborn child, etc. For such women, the recommendation is that they should not gain more than 4-5 kgs of weight during pregnancy, but their bodies should use the stored reserves for the growth of the baby.

It becomes a challenging task for these women to ensure that their unborn babies are getting enough nutrients for growth and development and to satisfy their food cravings without gaining too much weight.

To achieve the same, they must keep in mind the following guidelines:

  1. During the first trimester, they should ensure not to gain any weight. The growing foetus does not require any extra energy or protein, and thus the dietary intake of the mother should remain the same with special emphasis on fruits and vegetables.
  2. The woman should exercise restraint when to comes to eating fried foods, foods with high salt content or sweets, including foods with honey and jaggery. Portion control is of paramount importance during this time.
  3. She must ensure that her diet includes a variety of fruits and vegetables, so that her unborn baby gets all the nutrients essential for optimal growth and development.
  4. Water and fluid intake are extremely important, and she must drink 12-14 glasses of the same daily during the second and third trimester.
  5. The pregnant woman must remain physically active throughout her pregnancy (as long as there is no medical condition preventing the same, check with the consulting gynaecologist and obstetrician). Physical activity ensures the following: it helps in maintaining the weight and prevents excessive weight gain, it helps in maintaining blood sugar levels and blood pressure, etc.
  6. Lastly, but most importantly, she must try to remain cheerful and happy during her pregnancy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Being pregnant is a very special experience and time in a woman’s life. To make it happy and stress-free, contact us at Kanupriya. As a fertility nutrition specialist we shall help you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
food recipes for kids
Categories Food Recipes For Kids

5 Quick Food Recipes For Kids

In today’s age of double income families and the growing number of nuclear families, I often find that in my practice as a child dietician, mothers rely on pre-packaged, processed foods or ready to eat foods as snacks for their children. This not only compromises the nutritional health of their children, but also increases their risk of obesity.

The reliance on ready to eat foods is not so much due to lack of interest or want, but more due to paucity of time. As a child dietician I routinely share quick and easy food recipes for kids with such mothers. The recipes are tried and tested, quick and easy, and most importantly, universally loved by children of all ages. I had to share these recipes with my readers.

Recipe 1: Pizza Parantha

Ingredients:
Atta dough
Pizza sauce (homemade-make and keep in fridge)
Capsicum chopped
Onion chopped
Mushroom chopped and sautéed
Dried oregano
Mozzarella cheese grated
Oil

Method:
1) Roll out the dough in form of a pizza base. Cook like a parantha. Make sure that one side is cooked well and the other is half done.
2) Repeat the above with one more parantha.
3) Take one parantha. On the side that is cooked apply pizza sauce. Sprinkle the veggies, herbs and cheese
4) Cover this pizza with the other parantha with the half done side facing up.
5) Cook the 2 half done sides again till crisp.
6) Slice the pizza parantha like a regular pizza and serve.
7) You can use any vegetables, boiled chicken, etc. as fillings that your child likes.


Recipe 2: Oats Cheela:

Ingredients:
Instant oats – 1 katori
Suji – ½ katori
Chopped onions – ¼ katori
Grated carrot – ¼ katori
Chopped palak – ¼ katori
Fresh coriander – 1 tbsp
Jeera powder
Salt a pinch

Method:
Mix the oats with suji in a little water and keep aside for 10 minutes.
Check the consistency of the batter, should resemble a cheela batter.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Spread batter on a non-stick pan and cook till golden brown.
Turn over and cook for a few more mintues.
Serve immediately.


Recipe 3: Apple & Peanut butter slices:

Ingredients:
Apple slices – 4 (ring shape, destoned)
Peanut butter- 2 tbsp
Mix dry fruits of choice – 1 tbsp (optional)

Method:
1) Spread the peanut butter on the apple slices.
2) Top with dry fruits and serve.


Recipe 4: Cheese sandwich:

Ingredients:
Whole wheat bread slices – 2
Grated cheese- 3 tbsp
Mix vegetables of choice – 3 tbsp (chopped)
Salt, pepper to taste
Dried Italian herbs – 1 tsp
Chilli flakes (optional) – ½ tsp

Method:
1) Mix all the vegetables, herbs, spices and cheese.
2) Fill in between the bread slice.
3) Toast in a sandwich maker till the bread is golden brown.
4) Serve hot.


Recipe 5: Frozen yogurt:

Ingredients:
Bananas – 2 (chopped and frozen overnight)
Strawberries – 1 cup (frozen)

Method:
1) Combine the frozen fruits in a blender and pulse until smooth.
2) Serve immediately for a soft serve or freeze for later.
You can use any other fruit of your choice instead of strawberries. The bananas provide the sweetness and ice cream like consistency.
As a child dietician I can give you and your child expert dietary advice to help manage health conditions or diseases.

fertility nutrition
Categories Infertility nutrition

Best Fertility Nutrition Diet That Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally

Recent research suggests that there are certain foods or food groups that can increase the chances of a woman conceiving independent of her weight status. Studies also suggest that fertility nutrition has a role to play in how soon a woman can become pregnant, i.e. women eating certain foods become pregnant faster than those who do not eat these foods. This effect of nutrition is the same on women who have infertility issues as well as those who do not.

So, what is the best diet for conception? In this article, I shall highlight some of the food groups that have been found to affect fertility and help you get pregnant naturally: 

Whole grains:

Whole grains are grains that have not been processed too much and the bran (outer covering), the germ (reproductive part of the grain) and the endosperm (nutritious part of the seed) are all intact. These grains are high in fibre, complex carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. Some examples of whole grains are: whole wheat, quinoa, millets, amaranth, etc.

Pulses:

Pulses are seeds of the legume family. They include dry beans, lentils, dry peas, etc. They are a good source of protein, fibre, minerals and vitamins, and are low in fat. Some examples are: kidney beans, chickpeas, puy lentil, etc.

Fish:

Did you know that there are certain fish that are considered better than others? This is due to the fact that these fish generally have low levels of mercury, are high in omega 3 fatty acids and are not endangered. The list includes: tuna, wild salmon, farmed oysters, sardines and trout.

Fresh fruit:

Recent studies carried out on women wanting to conceive have shown that women who ate more fresh fruits on a daily basis conceived faster than women who ate more processed foods. This was independent of their weight status. The current recommendation is that everyone should eat about 2-3 servings of fruits daily.

Olive oil:

Olive oil is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids. It is the main source of fat in Mediterranean diets which have been shown to increase conception in women.

If you need more information on fertility nutrition, get in touch with us at Kanupriya!

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