Day 183, Week 27

Your Pregnancy Journey

You are carrying a miniature version of yourself inside your uterus and by this stage weight gain becomes steady and noticeable.

Pregnancy is a time of growth. As the baby grows, your body changes and you gain weight. The amount you can expect to gain depends on your weight before pregnancy.

Each time you visit the doctor you’ll be weighed.

You may wonder why you need to gain so much weight. The baby will not weigh 14 kilos. Here is where the weight will be distributed.

(These are average figures.)

While it is important to gain enough weight, you will want to avoid gaining too much. Gaining too much weight may make delivery harder. It may also make it harder to get back to the weight you were before you became pregnant. It is a good idea to watch your calories so that you do not get overweight.  Being overweight is not healthy for a pregnant woman’s body too. A good well balanced diet is sufficient for you and your baby. You do not need to eat twice the proportions. You just need to eat right and increase of an additional of 300 calories a day through the right combination of food is enough for your body Consult a prenatal nutritionist for guidance on the correct diet to be followed at every trimester of your pregnancy in order to nourish the baby and not put on unnecessary weight.

Your Baby’s growth

Your baby’s skin is beautiful, soft, tender and very delicate. It is taking on a more opaque form. On account of being exposed to the amniotic fluid, your baby’s skin at this stage of your pregnancy seems wrinkled. However it is protected by the vernix.

Day 184, How much water should your Child Drink?

Does my Child drink Enough Water ?

The human body is about 60% water and hence it is necessary for our health and well being. It forms an integral part of our cells, blood, aids digestion, helps waste elimination and also lubricates the joints. If your little one drinks too little it can lead to dehydration and you may notice the following symptoms:

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Dry mouth

• Muscle weakness

• Dizziness

• Lightheadedness

In fact water is essential for optimum Brain function as well.

So How much water does my child need ?

This would depend on the body size, physical activity and the weather. The following table gives a base indication of the amount of water your child must drink on a daily basis. Each cup would be equal to 6 ounces.

1 – 3 years about 4 cups

4 – 8 years about 5 cups

9-13 years about 8 cups for boys

about 7 cups for girls

14-18 years about 11 cups for boys

about 8 cups for girls

It is important to stay away from sugar sweetened drinks and juices. Even a couple of servings per day can lead to the child being over weight. These drinks also tend to fill up the stomach and hence the child would not eat adequately at meal times. Naturally this will compromise on the over all nutritional intake. Exercise caution when offering fruit juices on a regular basis to your child as these are high in sugar and this would mean higher intake of calories.

Avoid caffeinated drinks for children as too much caffeine can cause nervousness, upset stomach, difficulty in sleeping and reduced iron absorption.

Children find juices and colas attractive because they are sweet and have flavor. It is important as parents to encourage the switch to regular water and here are some tips:

Avoid stocking colas and juices at home.
Squeeze some lime to flavor the water.
Offer chilled water.

Water is the Essence of Life – Teach your Child to Drink Up !!!!

Day 187, Vegetable Pasta Recipe

This pasta dish is satisfying because of its high carbohydrate content which is beneficial for you especially during your first trimester and also while you are lactating. The milk and cheese are good sources of protein and calcium while the other ingredients supplement this recipe with iron, folic acid, fibre and vitamin C.

Ingredients
2 cups cooked pasta (penne, macaroni or fusilli)
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp chopped celery
1/2 cup capsicum, sliced
1 cup boiled mixed vegetables
3/4 cup milk
3 cheese slices ( or 1/2 cup grated processed cheese)
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp butter
salt and black pepper powder to taste

Method

1.Heat the butter in a pan and sauté the onion, celery and capsicum for 2 minutes.

2. Add the milk and cheese slices and bring to a boil.

3. Add the vegetables, mixed herbs, salt and pepper and mix well.

4. Toss the cooked pasta in the sauce and bring to a boil.

5. Serve hot with toast or garlic bread.

Tips

  1. Approximately 1¼ cups of dried pasta will yield 2 cups of cooked pasta.

Nutrient values per serving