Nutritious Food and Balanced Diet for Late Pregnancy

A pregnant woman should have a balanced diet. Coming up to the end of your pregnancy, you must keep a close eye on your weight. The baby is growing and so is your tummy, but you must only gain about 1kg a month now, anything more is too much. You need to control your calorie and salt intake and focus on having a balanced diet.

Late Term Pregnancy Nutritional Management: Balanced Diet

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Nutritional management is now as important a factor in your pregnancy as anything else and to help ensure a healthy birth and good breast milk, you now need to focus on your nutritional intake. From birth to three months old, the baby’s health depends on the quality of the mother's milk, providing vitamins, proteins and fats as well as antibodies to help fight infections. To help ensure a healthy start for the baby, mommy’s need to start taking Vitamin C, folic acid, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E at least a month before baby delivery.

Controlling an increased appetite

When the baby starts to drop at the end of your pregnancy, you will start to have an increased appetite due to the fact your baby has started to move downwards and there is now more room in your tummy for your stomach. It is important to make sure that you don't increase your food intake now that you have more room, just eat what you need and eat slowly to control your hunger. Controlling weight gain at this time is a major issue. Having a balanced diet would help.

Stay away from high calorie snacks

When you are pregnant there is no need to “go on a diet”, you just need to control your calorie intake to prevent gaining weight. Make an effort to avoid high calorie snacks and instead, try to eat high protein and calcium snacks. Think of your snacks the same as you do your meals, keep them healthy and avoid all processed foods. It’s better to eat food that has been steamed or boiled than fried.

Reduce the salt you eat

It's best if you can eat a healthy, light diet while you are pregnant. Salt is one of the main causes of edema, so it’s better to reduce your salt intake. To help maintain a healthy blood pressure, it is advisable to eat some yellow or green colored vegetables, seaweed, beans, oats and deep sea fish.

Meals that are Full of Vitamins and are Good for the Immune System

Chicken and Pumpkin Stew

Ingredients: chicken 200g, pumpkin 200g, half an onion, dry shiitake mushroom – 2 pieces, a little cooking oil

Marinade: ginger juice, cooking wine, salt, white pepper

Cooking method:

1. Cut the chicken into small cubes, soak them in the marinade.

2. Peel the pumpkin and clean out the seeds. Then cut into mouthful size pieces.

3. Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in water and when soft, cut into four pieces. Chop the onion into small pieces.

4. Brush some oil onto the pan, lightly fry the marinated meat, then add the pumpkin, shiitake mushrooms and onion and fry for a little longer, afterward add a little soy sauce and simmer using a low flame. Wait until all the ingredients are cooked and the sauce has completely reduced, and then you can quickly use a high flame to heat it up and it's done.

Fried Pigs Liver

Ingredients: pigs liver 50g, a little shallot, a little pepper, cooking wine, a small carrot, half an onion, 1 egg, a little cooking oil, cornstarch, salt and pepper

Cooking method:

1. Place the pigs liver in boiling water, add the onion and pepper, cooking wine and boil for a short time and then take out the pigs liver and cut it into slices.

2. Cut the carrot and onion in to slices.

3. Mix 1 and 2 together and then add cornstarch, egg and add some water and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Add some cooking oil to the pan, now take 3, slice by slice and place into the frying pan and fry until turned golden.

That’s it for some balanced diet insights that we can discuss for now. You can also search for other healthy recipes or try something new with what’s available in your kitchen.

Sandra Henderson

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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