Motherhood is indeed the best feeling in this world. The love of a mother is both, liberating and boundless, which is why, she needs to be celebrated every day, at every stage of her life. A mother is said to be born the day she finds out that she is with a child. It is from that moment on, that she learns to prioritize her child before all else, even herself. She starts to learn everything all over again for that child, starting from walking slowly to eating right, all her habits start to change and focuses on doing the right thing for her child.
Taking care of your diet is an important and necessary change a woman must undergo, when she is an expecting mother, now that her body will require twice as much nutrients and twice as much energy.
Consuming certain dry fruits that have special nutritional values regularly in controlled portions can prove to be extremely beneficial for both, the mother and the baby. Dry fruits are known to take care of all of your vital nutrition and dietary requirements including vitamins, minerals, essential dietary fibres, and other bioactive compounds. In this blog, Sublime shares with you, some of the most beneficial dry fruits that you should add to your regular diet, especially if you are an expecting mom or a new mom.
Rich in minerals like Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, and Vitamin E, munching on a handful of almonds helps reduce the risk of hypertension and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. It also helps in building stronger bones and teeth with healthy nerves and muscles for the baby. Iron ensures that the mother doesn’t suffer from anaemia, for a smooth delivery. Magnesium is also vital in improving your bowel movement. Consuming almonds regularly ensures a healthy baby's birth weight, thanks to the proteins and lowers the risk that your baby will be of small for his stage.
Dates are known for their rich iron content, which is essential to increase iron in your blood and cure anaemia which might cause complications in later pregnancy stages. Also, dates are rich in other minerals such as calcium, and Potassium, which are essential in strengthening the baby’s bones and muscles. It also regulates your blood pressure during the later stages of pregnancy. Essential dietary fibres present in dates also help with diabetes, regulate your weight and improve digestion. It also helps prevent constipation and helps maintain a healthy heart.
Walnut is rich in minerals like copper and manganese that help your body make use of the iron stored in your body and ensures the smooth functioning of muscles and organs. Manganese is important for healthy bones, and regulating the baby's weight. It also maintains your metabolism, thyroid function, blood sugar level, and normal skeletal growth. The nut is also a rich source of Omega 3 fats which is extremely essential for the development of your baby's brain and eye.
- Dry Figs
Dried figs have a high concentration of iron, potassium and other essential minerals that are essential to maintain good blood health, bone health and muscle strength of the growing child. It also regulates your blood pressure during the later stages of pregnancy. Essential dietary fibres present in the dried figs also help with diabetes and help regulate the baby’s weight among other benefits. It also helps prevent pregnancy constipation and helps maintain a healthy heart.
Cashews are copper-rich nuts that help your body to make use of the iron stored in your body and the smooth development of the baby’s organs and muscles. Manganese present in the cashews is important for healthy bones, and appropriate weight gain of the baby. Cashews are also rich in another essential mineral phosphorous which is vital not only for strong and healthy bone development, but also develops the ability of blood clotting and ensures a normal heart rhythm in the developing child, and the mother.
Rich in natural fibres, raisins help prevent heart disease and diabetes in the expecting mother. Raisins can be consumed to regulate the weight of both, the expecting mother and the developing child. Raisins help maintain healthy blood pressure and provide sufficient iron to avoid anaemia in the expectant mother. Having a handful of raisins each day also ensures healthy bones, nerves and muscles, of the developing baby.
Pistachios are rich in manganese, an important mineral for healthy bones. It helps regulate the baby's and your weight. Having a handful of pistachios each day helps regulate your metabolism, thyroid function and blood sugar, along with healthy skeletal growth, prevents anaemia and helps treat heart disease and high cholesterol.
Half a cup of dried fruits and half an ounce of nuts, which comes up to around 10 almonds, 20+ pistachios, and 7 walnut halves, each day, are enough to give you the daily dose of nutritional requirements. Around 100 grams of almonds, cashews, and walnuts is sufficient to give you 575, 553, and 654 kcal energy, respectively, while 100 grams of dried dates and figs can provide 277 and 249 kcal energy.
Nuts and dry fruits contain various essential nutrients and bioactive compounds that give you instant energy. While dry fruits are a rich source of vitamins A, B, and C and minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron, nuts, are filled with nutrients like vitamins E and K, and folate which support fetal growth and help maintain a healthy pregnancy.
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