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Last Updated : Mar 14,2019
Planning a pregnancy is one of the most sensible things to do, and it has a big impact on the health of your baby. Pregnancy is a time for growth and additional demand for nutrients.
It is the biggest change in a woman's life. A mother's body should be healthy to nurture a new life. It is a big responsibility, and one should be ready to accept it as a challenge and also enjoy this period of change in your life.
A woman who has been well nourished before conception begins her pregnancy with reserves of several essential nutrients like Protein, Vitamins ( Vitamin A, Vitamin C & Vitamin E, Pregnancy Folic Acid), minerals ( Iron and Calcium), to meet the needs of the growing foetus. It is important to build up reserves of these nutrients before you actually conceive to have a safe and healthy pregnancy.
Here are a three things to keep in mind when you are planning to have a baby:
1. Maintain a weight that is appropriate for pregnancy as this is a better indicator of maternal health during your 9 months of gestation. Even if you are slightly overweight or underweight, there is no reason to panic as long a s you are at a weight level that you are comfortable with. Here is a formula to help you determine what weight is appropriate for your height. Height (cm) - 105=Ideal Body Weight (kg.) (105 is a standard figure derived for women from Broca’s index for ideal body weight.)
2. Do not smoke or drink alcohol or use any recreational drugs.’
3. Have a complete medical checkup, including blood analysis, which will indicate your iron, haemoglobin and folic acid status. These nutrients are vital during your pregnancy and are required in large quantities for the foetal growth and development. It is important that you build up their reserves before you actually conceive.
Iron is essential for foetal blood formation, Calcium is necessary for the building of healthy bones and teeth and Folic acid is vital for the development of the fetal neural tubes during the first trimester. So eat foods that are rich in folic acid much before you conceive and throughout your pregnancy as it is one of the most needed vitamins required by your body during this time. Keeping these requirements in mind, we have included recipes like Hariyali Dal and Soya Upma to nourish you as they are excellent sources of all these nutrients.
Preconception Recipes Rich in Calcium, Iron, Folic Acid and Fibre
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Lettuce and Cauliflower Soup by Tarla Dalal
Lettuce is an unexplored treasure! Not many know that it is a very good source of iron. Here is a creamy soup of lettuce thickened using finely chopped cauliflower, which not only imparts a creamy texture but also balances the flavour of lettuce well. The use of cauliflower also does away with the u ....
Beet Treat, Carrot Beet and Apple Juice by Tarla Dalal
Kick start your day with this energy boosting treat. Rich in flavour and nutrients, it satisfies aesthetic as well as nutritional demands.
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Buckwheat Dhoklas by Tarla Dalal
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versions of most of your all-time favourites. So, you get the best of both worlds – great taste and good health.
Here is a ....
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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.
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Broccoli, Carrot and Paneer Subzi by Tarla Dalal
An unusual combination of veggies makes this simple vegetable stir-fry seem quite exotic! Broccoli, carrot and paneer are a pretty sight to behold, with their contrasting colours, and quite exciting to munch on because of the varied textures they bring to the table.
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Panchmel Dal by Tarla Dalal
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Dal and Vegetable Idli ( Pregnancy Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
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Golden Broth, Thick Carrot and Potato Soup by Tarla Dalal
This is one of my all-time favourite soup recipe which is also very nutritive as it is rich in vitamin A, fibre and protein. Instead of fried starters, this "sunny" soup is just perfect for a pre-dinner appetizer.
Apple Magic, Lemony Apple Juice by Tarla Dalal
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, says the proverb and it's almost true. A dash of lime cuts through the sweetness perfectly and zips up the flavour of this Lemony Apple Juice.
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Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Spinach Sauce by Tarla Dalal
A smart combination of the right ingredients is essential to ensure the maximum uptake of iron from a recipe. In this wholesome Whole Wheat Spaghetti in Spinach Sauce, we have done away with cheese because calcium hinders the absorption of iron. Iron-rich red pumpkin is used in the place of milk to ....
Moong Dal Sultani 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.
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Sprouted Masala Matki by Tarla Dalal
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Beans and Amaranth Leaves Dal by Tarla Dalal
An iron-rich trio of amaranth leaves, rajma and kabuli chana come together in this lip-smacking dal! Made of everyday ingredients, this delicious Beans and Amaranth Leaves Dal is also easy to prepare. Now, you can enjoy culinary pleasure hand in hand with good health and a sharp brain, because apart ....
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Orange Sesame Tabbouleh by Tarla Dalal
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Broccoli Soup ( Pregnancy Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
The Broccoli Broth is a really quick soup to make, and one which does not require you to hunt for umpteen ingredients. Despite the minimal amount of ingredients, it has a fantastic flavour mainly due to the teamwork of broccoli with onions, and a soothing texture due to the addition of milk. Broccol ....
Sprouts, Spring Onion and Tomato Salad by Tarla Dalal
Quick, easy and tasty too – what a combination! The best part is that this Sprouts, Spring Onion and Tomato Salad has as much nutritional appeal too, making it a must-have in the preconception period and first trimester. Tangy and crunchy, it is an excellent source of folic acid, iron and protein. T ....
Stuffed Carrot Halwa Pancake by Tarla Dalal
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Rajma and Urad Dal by Tarla Dalal
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Lettuce and Bean Salad by Tarla Dalal
This iron-rich Lettuce and Bean Salad features crisp lettuce and juicy cucumber combined with mealy kidney beans and sumptuous chick peas, perked up with mint and coriander leaves, spring onion whites, etc. Lemon juice boosts the vitamin C content, which in turn ensures maximum absorption of iron. S ....
Cucumber Curd Rice ( Pregnancy Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
This is a slightly modified version of the south indian "dahi bhaat". Rich in protein and calcium, this rice dish is just perfect for a cooling summer lunch. The cucumber, carrots and coriander provide fibre and vitamin a. I have used mild flavours, so that it will agree with you even you even durin ....
Cabbage Rice ( Pregnancy Recipe) by Tarla Dalal
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Bajra Khakhras by Tarla Dalal
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Thalipeeth, Maharashtrian Thalipeeth by Tarla Dalal
A nutritious pancake made with 3 kinds of flours, making it delicious and more importantly nutritious also. Thalipeeth is the easiest snack that you can make.
The iron and folic acid content of the recipe is high and will help you supplement your needs during the
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