Ayurvedic Pregnancy nutrition

According to Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India, pregnancy and giving birth can be the most rejuvenating time in a women’s life. Here are 7 Ayurvedic pregnancy tips to keep your energy balanced and the immune system of your baby strong, during this special time of pregnancy.

1. One of the most important themes during pregnancy is to balance the energy of the nervous system. To do just this, choose a diet of fresh, plant-based foods, whole or sprouted grains, non-processed foods, warm & freshly cooked foods with healthy oils of olive, ghee (clarified butter) and coconut.

2. Enjoy sweet, sour, and salty foods. Sweet foods should be emphasized because it is considered the most wholesome for the baby. This includes sprouted breads or breads cooked without oils, whole grains, fruits, and healthy starches like sweet potatoes, quinoa (which is actually a seed), cooked beets and carrots.

3. Avoid hot spicy foods, uncooked leafy greens (which can cause gas), under cooked beans and lentils (soak all beans and legumes in water for at least 4-8 hours before cooking), artificial flavors, preservatives, and chemical additives. Avoid eating leftovers as much as possible.

4. Drink warm, vat-pasteurized (heated under 135 degrees F), nonhomogenized milk with ghee made from grass-fed cows. One cup of warm milk with a teaspoon of ghee twice a day may boost the immunity of the baby.

5. Massage your body daily. This helps to calm the nervous system of the mom. Do self massage or receive a massage from a loving partner or friend. Gently massage the abdomen when massaging. In the 8th and 9th months, be sure to give extra love to the nipples to prepare for nursing.

6. Practice gentle exercise daily. A 30 minute daily walk is wonderful.

7. Tips to Relieve Morning Sickness:

– Roast cardamom seeds, powder them and eat a small pinch through the day.

– Snack on dry crackers or toast to keep a little food in the stomach.

– Sip tea: ¼ tsp ginger powder and/or fennel seeds in boiling water for 5 minutes.

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