Thursday, May 30, 2013

Garbh Sanskar:Food To Eat: Part II

Doctors state that the three most essential nutrients for pregnant women are Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and iron. Of course, proteins, minerals and other vitamins are also required by the body, so food items that deliver all this essential goodness should be regularly consumed.


Stock up on the following food items to get an adequate supply of iron:

  • Leafy, dark-green vegetables.
  • Pulses
  • Fortified breakfast cereals with added Iron
  • Eggs ( For those vegetarians who consume them)
  • Dried fruits (for instance apricots)
Excellent Sources of Vitamin B12

To be can get their required daily dose of vitamin B12 from the following:

  • Fortified soya drinks
  • Fortified breakfast cereals
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
Excellent Sources of Vitamin D

Pregnant woman can gather all the vitamin D they need from all-natural sunlight, and Vitamin D supplements. Since the baby needs Vitamin D to develop and grow, having supplements is absolutely imperative.

The deficiency of vitamin D can have horrendous effects on the body. The deficiency of vitamin D in babies can be a matter of deep concern. The most common cause of vitamin D deficiency in babies happens to be minimal sun exposure. If the mother is at an optimal level of vitamin D herself, then the child is preventable from developing any vitamin D deficiencies.

Vitamin D supplements are the easiest and most accessible means to treating vitamin D deficiencies. These supplements are readily available at all medical and general stores, but be sure to consult a doctor before grabbing a bottle.


Sunlight is one of the leading natural sources of vitamin D. Exposure to the sun’s rays allows the body to formulate its own vitamin D. However, the usage of sunscreens and sun blocks obstructs this natural process and can lead to a deficiency of vitamin D. Make sure that you give your baby some time with the sun in order to avoid this deficiency, but be careful of over exposure as we do not want to burn their skin which as it is, is extremely sensitive. Also, overexposure to the sun always carries with itself the risk of skin cancer. So make sure, you allow your baby to enjoy a controlled and regulated time with the sun which is not verging towards underexposure or overexposure.

Light skin -- 15-20 minutes daily
Medium Skin -- 25-30 minutes daily
Dark Skin -- 40-45 minutes daily

Adequate vitamin D or sunshine in third period ( we understood about first,second and third period in my earlier blog) helps your baby form strong bones and muscles and lower the chance of immune disorders.Vitamin D protects your baby during the new born period. High levels of vitamin D at birth protect against wheezing and respiratory infections.

Take care of your unborn  baby.

The sole purpose of these blogs is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained doctor/health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained Ayurvedic expert, call us or e mail.

Dr Unnati Chavda

(Promoting pregnancy wellness)

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