7 Treats that Boost Mental and Physical Health of the Mom and Baby
No one likes to stick to the same old diet, low-salt boiled veggies, and so-called "healthy" food week after week, right?
Nonetheless, we stick to it, because it promises to keep us and our little one healthy!
But what if we told you, you can explore new flavours and cuisines, without compromising either of your health. In fact, what if, the new superfoods we tell you about, promise to take care of your physical AND mental health?
Now, it's time for us to explore an expansive list of indigenous and exotic superfoods that are excellent for you and your baby's physical and mental health.
Dream Dark Chocolate All the Way
Yum! Yum! Who doesn’t like chocolate? And with most grocery store brands including more sugar in their mix, no one can blame the preggers mum if she craves something dark, sensuous and gourmet.
If you aren’t intolerant or allergic to chocolates, stock your fridge with the best of the brands that guarantee 100% organic dark chocolates. Aim for a percentage of 50% or higher.
You can also treat yourself to drinking chocolates. We all know very well how drinking chocolates make the world a better place! So check out the Mason & Co. Dark Drinking Chocolate with organic cane sugar from Bump to Bunny before we finish all of it!
Shred some dark chocolate onto your daily dose of organic yoghurt, choco-vanilla ice cream or milkshake for a real treat. Mix some in your daily protein smoothie or milk to elevate the simple drinks. You are about to make another human being! You simply deserve the best!
Pistachios, cashews, walnuts, almonds and even the commonplace peanuts are great sources of proteins for the mom and baby during pregnancy.
We all love the perfectly roasted, slightly salted and minimally spiced nutty treats when we need to much something between the meals. They taste great AND they are excellent for the brain development of the child.
Brazil nuts are the new member of the superfood family. It is a reliable source of selenium that boosts the mental health of our mom-to-be. It is a great anti-oxidant, so you can bid goodbye to the weird and annoying zits coming up in the most uncomfiest places during your second trimester.
Make sure you don’t take more than 400 micrograms of selenium per day.
Brazil nuts also provide us with Vit E, which effectively fights away the pregnancy blues.
There’s nothing fishy about loving fatty fish
While you should steer clear of fish that has high mercury content, you can go for freshwater fish with high-fat content. Common ones include rohu, catla, rawas, and tilapia are your best choices.
Fry them, poach them or curry them as you please.
Fatty fish contain tons of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. However, make sure your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are perfectly balanced. Omega-3 fatty acids contain alpha-linolenic acid that produces EPA and DHA.
EPA and DHA reduce inflammation in the nerves, boosts cognition and maintains proper mental health.
Fall in love with Vitamin D rich foods
Vitamin D deficiency plays a significant role in depression and anxiety. If your Vit D levels are low, you are at a high risk of developing mood disorders.
Why take that risk when you can gorge on amazingly flavoured yoghurt, milkshakes, egg salad sandwiches, a plethora of soft and hard cheeses and organic cereals or muesli. Check that the brands you are consuming are fortified with Vit D.
You should always talk to your OBGYN before you begin taking any Vit supplements. However, you can continue eating fatty fish, nuts, eggs and bananas which are chockfull of Vitamin D naturally.
Turmeric won’t have you feeling yellow
Turmeric is a natural antioxidant and immunity booster. Curcumin, a natural ingredient of turmeric, is excellent in lowering anxiety and reducing oxidative stress in your body.
Add it to curry, add freshly ground turmeric to your milk or smoothie, or eat it raw as many do. Just make sure it's 100% organic and clean.
A riveting study from 2015 conducted on adults will redress all your doubts about the ability of turmeric to address your mental fatigue, anxiety and oxidative stress.
Did we mention? Turmeric is great for blood circulation too? It’ll make sure your baby gets healthy and clean blood. It will aid in the proper brain development of your precious little one.
Feel the calm with chamomile
Pregnancy does strange things to our routines! Sometimes we r falling asleep on the couch at 3 pm, and at other times we are lying awake in bed staring at the clock at 3 am.
Sleeping medication is mostly out of the question! So what can we do?
Well, have you tried chamomile? It is not only an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial, but it has tremendous relaxing properties.
Chamomile is a natural anxiolytic. It will reduce your stress and anxiety quite effectively. You can use it like tea – and believe us, you will love the taste.
Drink one or two cups an hour before bed and feel the calmness spread across your mind and body.
Needless to say, a well-relaxed mom means a well-rested and healthy baby. Try chamomile infusions today!
Add some pop with fresh popcorn
Popcorn has garnered a bad name due to the excess butter and salt. Instead of the fake cheese coated stuff you get the movie theatres, you can try making your own popcorn or opting for kettle corn.
It’s easy to make at home. Takes minimal effort. And you can ensure that you swap out the table salt with sea salt and add some freshly ground peppercorn, and just a little low-salt organic butter.
Popcorn made at home is tasty, healthy and super fun for the Netflix nights you are planning to enjoy with your SO. Psst…just because you are sharing the couch doesn’t mean you have to share the popcorn too.
Pregnancy can cause changes in your hormone levels. Changes in the level of one hormone can cause changes in another, and so on. It’s almost like a cascade effect that happens to everyone.
What should we never forget?
Irritability, anxiety, sudden feelings of sadness or happiness, excessive hunger and excessive thirst are all parts of the parcel. It has always happened to women all across the world. Our mothers, grandmothers and their mothers have all faced it.
On some days you might feel tired after an entire night’s sleep and getting out of bed might feel like too much work. You need to know that it’s alright.
If the depressive episodes, mental stress and anxiety are becoming chronic you can talk to your OBGYN. You can also connect with other expecting mothers right here. Get answers to all your questions from experienced and qualified doctors on this WhatsApp chat.
Eating right is a huge part of feeling right. Many of the foods mentioned here including chocolate, chamomile, nuts and fatty fish have micronutrients that go a long way to boost your mood.Remember to eat fresh, organic and home-cooked meals throughout your pregnancy for nurturing the proper physical and mental growth of your little sunshine.