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Benefits of Eating Shatavari During Pregnancy

Shatavari or Asparagus Racemosus has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to support the female reproductive system. Even doctors and fertility nutrition specialist consider it as wonder herb since it helps increase the chances of conception.

So in this section, let’s quickly look at the benefits of Shatavari:-

Improves Ovulation
One of the most important components of Shatavari is steroidal saponins. This component is known to be an excellent factor to regulate the production of estrogen which in turn promotes menstrual cycle regulation and better ovulation.

Improves Secretion of Cervical Mucus
Shatavari – is a mucilaginous and a warming Ayurvedic “sexual tonic”. It increases sensitivity to the female genitalia and helps the cervix secrete an adequate amount of mucous to help the sperm meet the egg.

Stimulates the Immune System
Studies show that Shatavari can stimulate the immune cells of the body. Widely used in Ayurveda as Rasayana for immunostimulation – this herb helps the body fight against various diseases. It speeds up the recovery time.

Restores Hormonal Imbalances
Shatavari is known to balance the female hormone level. It improves follicular maturity and stabilizes irregularities in the menstrual cycle all of which can enhance fertility and increase energy levels.

Increases Breast Milk Production
Shatavari is known to increase the level of milk during breastfeeding. It nurtures the mother’s body and helps her transit easily through the natural phases of life. Moreover, studies suggest that regular intake of Shatavari helps the mother and baby increase weight.

Shatavari grows throughout the year in every part of India, especially in the north. It can be taken in the form of a powder, tablet, capsule or liquid extract. However, if you need accurate details on how Shatavari can be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding, ensure you consult a fertility nutrition specialist

A qualified fertility nutrition specialist will not only give you a proper pregnancy nutrition plan or a breastfeeding meal plan but will help you live a healthier and happier life.

Categories Blog, Pregnancy nutrition

Advantages of Eating Gourd Vegetables During Pregnancy

Gourd vegetables are not liked by all for its bland taste, but in reality, they are considered to be very healthy. They offer numerous health benefits, especially for pregnant women!

Pregnant women need to strengthen their immune system as their nutrients get used up very quickly in the path towards the delivery of their baby. Including gourd vegetables in the pregnancy nutrition plan can fulfill this requirement.

Different Kind of Gourd Vegetables That Can Be Included in Pregnancy Diet Plan

Bitter Gourd – Karela
Hemorrhoids and constipation are some of the most common health issues that majority of pregnant women face during this phase. Bitter gourd contains lots of fiber that is helpful in combating both these issues.

Bottle Gourd – Lauki, Dudhi, Ghiya
Bottle guard is not only rich in antioxidants but is also packed with minerals and water. Hence including bottle gourd in a pregnancy diet plan can help in hydration, improve nutritional value of the diet and thereby benefit both the mother and the baby.


Ash Gourd – Raakh Laukee
Ash gourd is yet another pregnancy power food. Since the vegetable has antioxidant effects, it helps in inhibiting gastric mucosal damage. It also helps in treating acid reflux syndrome and constipation.



Pointed Gourd – Parwal
Pointed Gourd it is a great food for pregnant women. It provides good amounts of vitamin A and C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and many other micronutrients; while, it has only a few calories. Hence this vegetable helps you maintain your calorie intake while enhancing nutritional consumption.

Ridge Gourd – Torai
Ridge gourd strengthens liver functioning, purifies the blood and regulates blood glucose levels. Rich in fiber, this superfood also helps maintain appropriate weight during pregnancy.

There are many such vegetables that offer great nutritional value to pregnant women.

However, if you are looking to chalk out a balanced diet plan for pregnant women, it may be worthwhile to consult a qualified nutritionist who will prepare a balanced pregnancy nutrition plan. A qualified nutritionist will not only take into consideration the pregnancy requirements but will also consider if any allergies or medical complications that pregnant woman may be suffering from.

Kanupriya is one such qualified dietician in Delhi who will give you honest, clear and concise advice on how and what to eat.

Categories Blog, Pregnancy nutrition

Things You Need To Do During Your Second Trimester

The second trimester is from 4th to 6th months of your pregnancy. As you go through the second trimester, you’ll gradually see your ‘bump’ grow and later you’ll start feeling your baby is moving. This is a time when lots of women tell the world they’re pregnant.

In this section, we have listed down a few things that you can do during your second trimester to help you stay healthy and happy during your pregnancy.

During the second trimester an additional 250 calories (approx) a day are needed for you and the baby. The food you eat is the main source of nourishment for your baby, so it’s important to consume proper foods that are rich in nutrients. Iron and calcium re the two most important nutrients during this time, so make sure you include these in your daily diet. it is also highly recommended to prepare and cook meals at home to ensure you minimise your risk of food poisoning or gastritis attacks.

Shop for Maternity Wear
At this point in your pregnancy, you should be starting to get a belly. Trying to fit into your pre-pregnancy pants may be a bit of challenge. This is a good time to start exploring maternity wear and identifying outlets for the same.


Go For a Yoga Session
Visiting a yoga session during your second trimester is a great idea. A good pregnancy yoga trainer will help you relax your body and mind with some simple yoga stretches.  At the same time, you’ll also find it easier to control your weight gain if you do yoga regularly and diligently.



Start Moisturizing
Now that you have identified or picked up your maternity wear, make sure you also take care of your skin. Start moisturizing your tummy, hips, upper arms and thighs. You should do it twice daily- once after bathing in the morning and second before bedtime. This can prevent stretch marks and will reduce the itchiness. 

Go On a Date With Your Partner
Pick one gorgeous dress and go for a candlelight dinner or on a movie date with your husband. Either way, it will help you relieve stress and make you feel happy during your precious days.


Pregnancy and having a baby can be an exciting time. But, it can also be a time of immense pressure. Moreover, a ‘to be mother’ gets dozens of suggestions and advice from everyone who she interacts with during her pregnancy. Some even take to the internet to find answers. However, with too much of information overload, it’s obvious for a person to get confused. Hence it’s always advisable to contact a pregnancy counselor or a pregnancy nutritionist specialist at this stage.  A qualified pregnancy counselor or a pregnancy nutritionist specialist will give you precise guidance so that you can enjoy a healthy and comfortable pregnancy phase.

Kanupriya Khanna is one such pregnancy nutrition specialist who works with young women, would-be-mothers, and children – in improving nutrition intake and dietary habits, keeping in mind individual needs and family setups so that there is no disruption to daily life.

For more information about Kanupriya Khanna visit: https://kanupriyakhanna.in/

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Categories Blog, Nutrition during lactation

8 Super Foods for Breastfeeding Mothers

If you are a new mother, you are going to be the main source of nutrition to your baby. Hence while breastfeeding you need to pay special attention to your diet since certain foods help to pep up the milk supply. Moreover, healthy eating also gives you the energy to take care of yourself and your baby.
If you are one of those woman looking for a post delivery diet for breastfeeding, have a look at these 8 superfoods

1 Milk and Dairy Products
We all know that calcium is important. Get some of the required 1,000 mg a day from low-fat milk and dairy products. It’s also a good source of protein.

Tip: Add fruits or granola to your milk or yogurt for a more flavored taste, or add cheese slices into your sandwiches during your breakfast.

post delivery diet

2  Oats
Oatmeal is packed with protein, essential nutrients and fiber. It helps to improve the quality of the breast-milk and ensures the little one, in turn, gets all the nutritional requirements it needs to build its immune system.

Tip: Ideally, one small bowl of oat-meals, served hot is good enough for a breastfeeding mother. For more flavor, you can add fruits, nuts, and various other ingredients.

lactation consultant - oats

3 Whole Grain
Mix healthy, whole-grain carbs like brown rice into your diet during the lactation period. Whole grains provide your body the calories it needs to make the best-quality milk for your baby. Moreover, they help you reduce weight naturally while keeping your energy levels high.

Tip: To enjoy a hearty and tasty meal – consume whole grain rice or rotis with vegetable or fish curry.

post delivery diet for breast feeding

4 Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are great breastfeeding food, especially for vegetarians. They provide protein, iron and a substantial amount of fiber – to keep you fit and healthy.

Tip: If you wish to save your time on cooking, prepare soups, stews, and salads that feature beans and legumes.

lactation diet

5 Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, kale, etc are high in calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, niacin, and several other minerals and vitamins. Most of these nutrients are important for nursing mothers and their babies, so there are clear benefits to include dark green leafy vegetables in your post-delivery diet chart.

Tip: Prepare vegetable soup, or add the leaves in some curry or salad.

diet during lactation period

 

6 Assorted Nuts
Assorted nuts are touted as great superfoods for breastfeeding moms because they are a good non-dairy source of calcium. Assorted nuts also provide essential nutrients like Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, B3, and B1. Adding the delicious dry fruit to your postnatal diet can help you boost your milk supply and your baby’s immunity.

Tip: Eat up to 8-10 nuts in the morning and evening. Or toss a small handful of nuts into your salad or smoothie. It can make the meal a lot more filling.

assorted nuts

7 Salmon
Salmon is a great source of protein and energy for breastfeeding mums. Rich in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids – this superfood helps build the baby’s nervous system.

Tip: Try making salmon patties that are easy to freeze. You can have on hand for a quick snack or take as an accompaniment for lunch or dinner.

breastfeeding mums

8 Shatavari
Shatavari is a very popular ayurvedic herb in India. It increases the production of corticoids and prolactin which improve the quality and the amount of breast milk produced by a lactating mother. Moreover, its antioxidant properties help improve the overall health of the nursing mother and fight ageing and cellular damage.

Tips: Shatavari can be consumed in various forms – capsules and powder.

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If you wish to get more such information on lactation diet or post-delivery diet for breastfeeding– contact Kanupriya Khanna @ info@kanupriyakhanna.in or Call: at +91 93183 90897.

Kanupriya is one of the best lactation consultants for new moms and babies. She pioneers the science of healthy eating, using fresh ingredients and foods that are easily available and can be integrated easily into daily lives.
Moreover, a mother of two herself, she understands the health needs and cravings of breastfeeding mothers extremely well. With her knowledge and experience, she will help you inculcate healthy eating and nutritious habits during your post-delivery days.

For more information visit: https://kanupriyakhanna.in/

Categories Blog, Everything, Pregnancy nutrition

Papaya, Pineapple and Pregnancy

Many a times my patients have exhibited hesitation in eating papaya and pineapple during pregnancy, as they have heard from other mothers or pregnant women that these two fruits can lead to miscarriages and/or foetal distress.

Is it then really true that these two fruits should be avoided during pregnancy? To answer this, numerous studies carried out in animal models have shown that eating ripe papaya and pineapple have no untoward effect on pregnancy.

Further, papaya is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids) and vitamin C. It is also a very good source of folate, and contains good amounts of dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, copper and vitamin K. Eating 1 cup of papaya provides 50% of daily requirement of vitamin C and 30% of daily requirement of vitamin A.

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also rich in copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate and pantothenic acid. Eating 1 cup of pineapple provides 25% of the daily requirement of vitamin C.

And both papaya and pineapple can help in improving your digestion!

Given these benefits, in optimal amounts, pineapple and papaya could provide balanced nutrition for expecting mothers.

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