What and when should an expectant mother eat?

COMPLETE DIET FOR EACH MONTH

At each stage of the foetus growth, its needs change. We must make sure that it receives everything required at the appropriate time. Acharya Charak recommends that milk and milk products be consumed, on their own, or cultured with medicinal herbs, on a daily basis throughout pregnancy. The various organs and dhatus of the child in the womb develop at different times, so a specific diet has been planned as required by the foetus. These guidelines will help maintain the pregnant woman’s health as well.

First Month

During this time, when pregnancy is first suspected, small quantities of milk at room temperature (but boiled earlier) should be sipped throughout the day. Eat that which is suitable and can be digested easily.

(As most women do not suspect that they are pregnant until a period is missed, it is a good idea to follow this regimen from the time the woman starts trying to conceive.)

SECOND MONTH

The woman should consume milk boiled with water and sweet-tasting herbs, such as shatavari, gokshur, bala, and vidari. The addition of Santulan Shatavari KaIpa to milk is an easy alternative

THIRD MONTH

Milk with ghee and honey should be taken every morning (one teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of ghee in a cup of warm milk).

FOURTH MONTH

1 tablespoon (10 grams) of homemade butter should be consumed every morning with candy sugar.

FIFTH MONTH

From the fifth month onwards, it is imperative that the normal meal be supplemented with seven to eight teaspoons of ghee daily.

SIXTH AND SEVENTH MONTH

During these months, the consumption of ghee infused with sweet herbs is recommended, ideally on an empty stomach. For example, Shatavari ghrut, or Yashtimadhu ghrut.

EIGHTH MONTH

From the eighth month onwards, kheer, a special soup-like preparation made with milk and sugar and various types of grains, i.e. semolina, rice or wheat, should be eaten daily.

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