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Pregnancy First Trimester recipes


Last Updated : Mar 13,2020



पहले ट्रायमेस्टर के लिए आहार - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Pregnancy First Trimester recipes in Hindi)
પ્રથમ ટ્રિમેસ્ટર માટેનો આહાર - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Pregnancy First Trimester recipes in Gujarati)

What foods to eat during your first trimester of pregnancy?

First trimester pregnancy recipes, 1st trimester Indian pregnancy foods. First trimester pregnancy recipes, 1st trimester Indian pregnancy foods. The first 3 months of pregnancy are called the “First Trimester”. Throughout the Pregnancy, your baby needs a ready supply of energy and a high quality of nutrients for its growth.

It is during the first few weeks that the fetus begins to form organs and the heartbeat can be detected by the second month. Along with  proteincalcium and iron, with more focus on folic acid which is essential for the brain and spine development of the fetus. Healthy Tomato Soup, Palak Toovar Dal and Til chikki are a few well researched recipes just for you to make up for your folic acid requirement..

Healthy Indian Tomato SoupHealthy Indian Tomato Soup

Your priority during pregnancy should be to choose a variety of nutritious foods from the following food groups:

1) Cereals and whole grains : It is recommended to consume about 6-7 servings of cereals per day. Cereals provide you the necessary energy which is required in increased amounts during pregnancy. They also provide fibre which will keep constipation at bay. Include a variety of whole grains like wheat, barley, buckwheat, jowar, oats, bajra, ragi in your diet and avoid refined products like maida.

Try Buckwheat Dhoklas for breakfast and Jowar Bajra Spring Onion Roti for Main Course. The list doesn’t end here. There is a lot more to explore… Oats Methi Muthia, Bajra Carrot and Onion Uttapa and Vegetable Barley Soup are a few more examples you can venture in your own kitchen to fulfil your nutritional needs.

Bajra, Carrot and Onion UttapaBajra, Carrot and Onion Uttapa

2) Pulses and legumes : : It is recommended to consume about 1-2 servings of pulses per day. They are vegetarian source of protein and hence should be used in combination with cereals to enhance the protein quality. Dals like mung, masoor, toovar, pulses in the form of sprouts or as whole are good to go in salads, pulao’s and sabzi’s.

Chawli, Rajma and Chick Pea Healthy SaladChawli, Rajma and Chick Pea Healthy Salad

Interesting fare like Stuffed Moong Dal Chila and Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi are some unique creations you can rely on to make up your protein intake during first trimester of pregnancy.

Stuffed Moong Dal ChilasStuffed Moong Dal Chilas

3) Milk and Milk products : It is recommended to consume about 2-3 servings of dairy products per day. They provide high quality proteins and calcium. Calcium and protein requirements also increase during pregnancy to support the growth and development of the foetus. So it is suggested that you eat dairy products like milk, yoghurt, paneer etc.

Sip on healthy shakes and smoothies like Strawberry Chickoo Shake and Oats Apple Almond Milk Healthy Smoothie. Curd, a probiotic, is surely a wholesome option for moms-to-be. Have plain curd or flavour them with other ingredients and consume it by way of Spinach Raita or Cucumber Pachadi.

Strawberry Chickoo ShakeStrawberry Chickoo Shake

4) Vegetables : It is recommended to consume about 4-5 servings of vegetables per day. Include a variety of colourful vegetables to get a wide range of nutrients. Choose all types of vegetables like leafy ones such as spinach, methi, cabbage, lettuce etc. greens such as capsicum, broccoli, peas etc, orange ones like carrots and pumpkin, reds like tomatoes and red capsicum, yellow such as corn and yellow capsicum, purple like brinjal and purple cabbage etc.

Mushroom, Broccoli, Baby Corn and Zucchini Salad with Honey Orange DressingMushroom, Broccoli, Baby Corn and Zucchini Salad with Honey Orange Dressing

Explore this whole variety of veggies available in Nature to nurture the baby within you. Of course, make sabzis like Gavarfali ki Subzi and Cauliflower Greens Methi and Palak Healthy Subzi

Cauliflower Greens, Methi and Palak Healthy SubziCauliflower Greens, Methi and Palak Healthy Subzi

However go beyond this and experiment with some nourishing and unique ideas too. Pregnancy is a time when the woman wants to venture new textures and flavours. So try including veggies in the form of Sprouts Spring Onion and Tomato Salad and Lehsuni Matki Palak Tikki.

Lehsuni Matki Palak TikkiLehsuni Matki Palak Tikki

5) Fruits : It is recommended to consume about 3-4 servings of fruits per day. Fruits provide a variety of nutrients and antioxidants too. Just like vegetables, one should consume a variety of colorful fruits too to make your diet colorful like a rainbow. Fruits like apple, pineapple, pear, oranges, guava, watermelon, grapes etc.

Gain your dose of antioxidants for yourself and the growing fetus by including recipes like Mixed Fruit Chaat and Lettuce and Apple Salad.

Lettuce and Apple SaladLettuce and Apple Salad

Foods to eat to avoid Nausea

During these early months you may feel nauseated and want to throw up frequently. If you are one amongst those women, trying chewing on cardamom or opt for dry snacks like Whole Wheat and Methi KhakhraBajra KhakhraGolpapdi etc. 

Whole Wheat and Methi KhakhraWhole Wheat and Methi Khakhra

Sipping water, Juices or shakes from time to time will also help to keep nausea at bay. Turn to healthy options like Strawberry Chickoo Milkshake, Fig and Apricot Shake or try your hands on any combination of fruits available in your refrigerator. These don’t have strong flavor and lack strong smells which avoids aggravating nausea.

Foods for healthy weight gain

Beetroot Tikkis in Spinach GravyBeetroot Tikkis in Spinach Gravy

It is likely that you lose weight in the beginning months, but remember to continue with fluid intake along with small and frequent meals. Recipes like Beetroot Tikkis in Spinach GravyBroccoli and Baby Corn Stir-fry, Cucumber Curd Rice, Jowar Bajre ki Roti and many more will help you gain those necessary nutrients for you and our baby both.

You can try meditation or yoga under expert supervision along with a healthy diet – it will help keep you relaxed and reduce stress.

Enjoy our range of recipes foods to eat during your first trimester and check out our other pregnancy recipe categories.

Pregnancy Second Trimester Recipes

Pregnancy Third Trimester Recipes

Weight Loss after Pregnancy Recipes

Preconception Recipes


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Recipe# 40296
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Recipe# 34732
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Potato and Onion Soup ( Pregnancy Recipe )
Recipe# 2952
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The versatile potato often plays a supporting role in a meal, but in this recipe it's the star in creating a creamy soup that is brightened up with the addition of grated carrots. Try not to peel the potatoes when you cook and purée them because unpeeled potatoes are rich in folic acid. Carbohydrate ....
Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe# 2942
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by Tarla Dalal
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Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir-fry
Recipe# 324
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by Tarla Dalal
Broccoli is called ‘gai lan’ in chinese and is an extremely favorite vegetable in the Chinese kitchen. A stir-fry with broccoli is probably one of the fastest cooking dishes and very delicious too. Broccoli and baby corn are tossed in together with capsicum, onions, French beans and cucumber and top ....
Til Chikki
Recipe# 2940
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Panchmel Dal
Recipe# 4790
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Here, a wholesome combo of five dals is flavoured with a special masala water and whole spices as well! Not only the flavours of the spices, but the flavours of the assorted dals are also discernable in this delightful dish. Dissolving the spice powders in water before sautéing them ensures that the ....
Oats Khichdi
Recipe# 36983
22 Jul 20

 
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Easy Cheesy Vegetable Pasta
Recipe# 2993
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by Tarla Dalal
This pasta dish is satisfying because of its high carbohydrate content which is beneficial for you especially during your first trimester and also while you are lactating. The milk and cheese are good sources of protein and calcium while the other ingredients supplement this recipe with iron, folic ....
Avocado Salad ( Recipe for Shiny Hair)
Recipe# 5613
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Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir Fry
Recipe# 2992
27 Mar 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Tired of dal-chawal? Then this is just the thing you need. A simple stir fry with oriental origins that is rich in fibre, folic acid, protein and above all taste. Toss in some noodles if you want to make a bigger meal of this dish.
Paneer and Spinach Soup
Recipe# 1457
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by Tarla Dalal
The protein-packed paneer and spinach soup is a meal in a bowl! generous use of moong dal, paneer and spinach make it extremely nourishing and filling, while the onion and pepper bring in their soothing yet sharp flavours.
Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi
Recipe# 5713
31 Jan 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Need an iron-boost? Go for this soothing Masoor Dal and Vegetable Khichdi! Made of a wholesome combination of dal, rice and vegetables cooked with aromatic spices, this traditional khichdi gives several nutrients including a significant amount of iron per serving. Flavourful and nutritious, this sum ....
Spinach and Mint Soup
Recipe# 1456
21 Dec 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Soup, with a lovely taste and consistency. This soup is brimful of the goodness of spinach and spring onion greens, not to forget a dash of coriander and mint. The nutmeg and black pepper not only spike up the flavour, they also bring in their healing properties—making this a true herbal delight.
Beetroot Tikkis in Spinach Gravy
Recipe# 39644
10 Oct 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
A beautiful subzi for valuable good health, Beetroot Tikkis in Spinach Gravy features a colourful and thoughtful combination of ingredients. Beetroot and carrot together with tangy spices gives rise to a lip-smacking tikki that goes just too well with the garlic-flavoured spinach gravy. Beetroot bei ....
Lettuce and Cauliflower Soup
Recipe# 39641
21 Feb 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Buckwheat Dhokla, Faraal Buckwheat Dhokla
Recipe# 3547
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The Buckwheat Dhokla combines taste and nutrition in an easy-to-cook form. A batter of buckwheat is perked up with curds, ginger and green chillies to make soft and tasty dhoklas. Though the buckwheat needs to be soaked for two hours, the batter does not require any fermentation afterwards, so y ....
Moong Dal Dosa, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe
Recipe# 2933
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Jowar, Bajra Spring Onion Roti
Recipe# 2979
28 Jun 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
The addition of spring onions gives a peppy twist to this wholesome roti of millet flours. The nice crunch of spring onions, the spicy touch of green chillies, and the zesty notes of Indian masalas make this a tasty treat that none can resist. At the same time, ....
Strawberry Chickoo Shake
Recipe# 2930
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by Tarla Dalal
Ah, this shake is just what you will need when you are too famished to cook, too nauseated to eat, but badly in need of a sumptuous snack. Chock-full of nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin C and fibre too, this is as satiating as a snack can get. At the same time, the peppy flavour ....
Kulith Salad, Protein Rich Recipe
Recipe# 33255
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by Tarla Dalal
Kulith salad, the nutrient content and digestibility of pulses increase manifold when sprouted. It is not surprising then, that the protein-rich horse gram is used in the sprouted form in this recipe. Paneer adds to the protein content, while tomatoes, green chillies and coriander give the sal ....
Moong Dal Sultani
Recipe# 22167
06 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Even commonly consumed dals rock when combined intelligently with the right ingredients! Garlic and tomatoes add tang and taste to this versatile dal, which goes well with rice as well as with phulkas. Folic acid content of moong dal is an added benefit to this dal. Serve with
Palak Toovar Dal ( Iron Rich Recipes )
Recipe# 5707
10 Oct 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Rich in taste and nutrition, this Palak Toovar Dal is a healthful dish you can prepare frequently without any hassle, as it uses simple cooking methods and common ingredients. You just need to remember to soak the toovar dal earlier. The smart twist in this dal recipe is the addition of lemon juice, ....
Orange Sesame Tabbouleh
Recipe# 2961
08 Aug 19

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by Tarla Dalal
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