Day 99, Weekl 15

Your Pregnancy Journey

Staying healthy and fit in your pregnancy journey is one of the most vital elements for all the to be moms. Walking is one of the safest and easiest exercises to begin with and does not even need supervision. Ensure that you walk at a pace that you are comfortable with. Think about the Talk and Walk test. If you can talk without getting breathless but would still prefer to avoid talking then that is the right pace for you. Most moms will be comfortable with a 30-minute walk everyday.

Another exercise that you can safely start with is Deep breathing. It might seem odd that Deep breathing is considered to be an exercise but if done correctly it can actually tone the lungs and the abdominal muscles. It is a safe exercise and can be done even by women on bed rest. The best way to learn how to do deep breathing is to imagine that your body is a large deflated balloon. Now place one hand on your abdomen and the other on your chest. Slowly inhale, filling up your chest and then your abdomen till the maximum possible point. Now slowly exhale first allowing the air to exit the abdomen and then slowly deflate your lungs. Always breathe in and our through your nostrils and ensure that you do not hold your breath anywhere. It is recommended that you do this exercise at least once a day for 30-40 deep breaths. Also do the exercise in a non-air-conditioned environment as this will allow you to take in more fresh air and hence more oxygen.

When you begin your exercise program, you may feel lethargic and demotivated. Don’t quit. Once you have been exercising for a few days you will realize the immense benefits. Your body will feel energized and you will feel rejuvenated. And interestingly it will also help you to sleep better at night.

Now is the time when you realise that you need some cool trendy, awesome maternity wear. You will no longer be able to fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes and Awww has just what you need. You no longer have to settle for boring oversized clothes that don’t meet your fashion checklist. Check our Maternity clothes section and select a range of whatever you like from Indian wear to western wear. Go ahead and enjoy yourself!

Also in this week the blood volumes in your body have increased and your heart is working to supply almost 20 % more blood to your body.

Your baby’s growth

Guess what! Your baby is now growing some awesome luscious hair! Your baby is also getting some colour to its skin this week. The production of melanin in your baby’s body is developing at this stage. You baby’s hair is also developing at this stage and the melanin is also giving the hair its colour. Your baby’s growth and development every week seems more and more miraculous in nature. Doesn’t it? That’s just the beautiful feeling of becoming a parent! Let it all soak in. Enjoy it!

Day 101, Importance of Protein

The importance of Protein in Pregnancy!

Pregnancy is considered to be the most important phase in a woman’s life. It is the foundation to future generations literally. When a woman is pregnant there is a lot of advice provided on what to eat and how much to eat and what’s good for the mum and baby and what’s not. Pregnant Moms need to eat every 2-3 hours which means six meals. Three would be main meals and three are considered as snacks. Let’s start with the basic concept of making a food plate. These would be your main meals. Each of your main meals must contain all the five food groups – Carbohydrates, Vegetables/Fruits, Protein, Milk Protein and Fats. All of these nutrients work in tandem with each other and hence there is maximum nutrient absorption

In this article we will look at the importance of protein in a pregnant mum’s diet.

Protein is considered the building block of life. It helps in repair and growth of cells. At the time of conception the baby is tinier than a tiny dot and at birth is about 20 inches. This kind of phenomenal growth happens only in the womb. The baby starts life as a single cell and at birth is composed of trillions of cells and protein is responsible for this healthy cell division. On an average a pregnant mom needs to consume about 7-grams of protein per day.

One egg has about 6 grams of protein, a bowl of dal would have about 4 grams. A good trick to follow is that every time you eat make sure you have a protein food as well. Some of the foods which are a good source of protein are :

Non-vegetarian : Eggs, Chicken, Meat, Fish.

Vegetarian : Pulses, legumes, nuts, seeds, soy, sprouts.

Milk protein can be best got from dairy products. You do not need the full cream variety. Rather opt for skimmed or toned milk and milk products. This will provide you with calcium and protein which will work towards bone growth, teeth development, muscle growth and a healthy nervous system for your baby. You need approximately 500 ml of milk and milk products every day. Some healthy choices are skimmed plain milk, yoghurt, lassi and cottage cheese.

Day 103, Maternity Clothes from Awww

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Day 105, Protein & Carbohydrates

Importance of Protein and Carbohydrates in Pregnancy!

Pregnancy is considered to be the most important phase in a woman’s life. It is the foundation to future generations literally. When a woman is pregnant there is a lot of advice provided on what to eat and how much to eat and what’s good for the mum and baby and what’s not. Pregnant Moms need to eat every 2-3 hours which means six meals. Three would be main meals and three are considered as snacks. Let’s start with the basic concept of making a food plate. These would be your main meals. Each of your main meals must contain all the five food groups – Carbohydrates, Vegetables/Fruits, Protein, Milk Protein and Fats. All of these nutrients work in tandem with each other and hence there is maximum nutrient absorption

In this article we will look at the importance of carbohydrates in a pregnant mum’s diet.

Carbohydrates form the staple of all diets.. Carbohydrates are the base of any food pyramid and hence a must in your pregnancy diet as they contribute to building each and every part of the baby.

We need Carbohydrates as they provide energy and fibre and most of us end up consuming more than about 50% of our daily nutritional intake as carbohydrates. We need about 6-11 servings per day and the way to understand a serving is one 8″ roti or one slice of bread , one bowl of rice or ¾ cup of cereal is considered as one serving. It is important to remember that we choose Carbohydrates which are unrefined as most of the nutrients are maintained. Refined Carbohydrates may taste better but they are low in nutritional value and end up contributing more to the calorie intake than the nutritional intake. Carbohydrates during pregnancy specially will help to neutralise the acids in the stomach and hence will reduce the feeling of nausea and acidity. Having a small healthy carb every 2 to 3 hours can help a pregnant mom feel more comfortable. Choose from a wide range of grains like brown rice, wheat, jowar, bajra, nachni, oats etc to get your daily intake of this food group. Carbohydrates can also be found in smaller quantities in fruits, vegetables and pulses.