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Pregnancy First Trimester recipes


Last Updated : Jun 07,2021



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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Moong Dal Dosa, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe
Recipe# 2933
16 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The cereal and pulse combination makes this recipe a good source of quality protein. These thin, crisp dosas made of moong dal and rice make a terrific breakfast especially during your fir ....
Jowar, Bajra Spring Onion Roti
Recipe# 2979
27 Jan 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
jowar bajra spring onion roti recipe | mixed flour and spring onion roti | millet onion roti | bajra spring onion paratha | with 19 amazing images. jowar bajra spring on ....
Strawberry Chickoo Shake
Recipe# 2930
06 Jun 19

 
 
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
12 Mar 09

 
 
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 ....
Apple Magic, Lemony Apple Juice
Recipe# 6213
17 Oct 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
lemon apple juice recipe | lemon and apple juice benefits | apple lemon cooler | how to make apple and lemon juice | lemon apple juice is a healthy, refreshing an ....
Moong Dal Sultani
Recipe# 22167
15 Sep 20

 
 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, ....
Masala Cauliflower with Green Peas
Recipe# 6424
12 Dec 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
masala cauliflower with green peas recipe | healthy cauliflower peas masala | masala gobi matar sabzi | Indian style gobi matar | masala cauliflower with green peas
Orange Sesame Tabbouleh
Recipe# 2961
08 Aug 19

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by Tarla Dalal
A delightful orange sesame flavoured broken wheat salad. This salad is soothing, especially if you are feeling nauseous and don't feel like eating much. Broken wheat is a good source of carbohydrates which will help you feel better and also nourish you with iron, vitamin C and fibre. This dish com ....
Broccoli Soup ( Pregnancy Recipe)
Recipe# 2950
24 Aug 20

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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 ....
Whole Wheat and Methi Khakhra
Recipe# 39290
08 Nov 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Khakhras have been one of the healthiest snack options since time immemorial. Is it the crispness, the flavouring or the slow-cooking process that makes it so delicious, we cannot say, but overall the outcome of this recipe is just fantastic! Extremely healthy with fibre-rich wheat and iron-rich met ....
Fig and Apricot Shake ( Pregnancy Recipe)
Recipe# 2928
17 Oct 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
fig and apricot shake recipe | fig and apricot protein shake | apricot smoothie | fig apricot milkshake for pregnancy | with step by step images. fig and apricot shake
Cucumber Curd Rice ( Pregnancy Recipe)
Recipe# 2986
12 Mar 20

 
 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)
Recipe# 2985
12 Mar 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Cabbage rice, this dish is one that i make when i have no inclination to cook and have some left-over rice. It is really quick to make and tastes good. And since it has no sharp flavours, it will agree with you through your first trimester if you have to deal with morning sickness. The dish provides ....
Bajra Khakhras
Recipe# 2941
24 Feb 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
bajra khakhra recipe | Indian style bajra til khakhra | bajre ka khakhra | healthy snack - bajra khakhra | with 35 amazing images. bajra khakhra is a nutritious a ....
Buckwheat Dhokla, Kutto na Dhokla
Recipe# 22348
29 Jan 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
buckwheat dhokla for acidity recipe | no fermentation dhokla | dhokla recipe without fermentation | kuttu dhokla - health snack for acidity | with 24 amazing images. buc ....
Stuffed Moong Dal Chilas ( Know Your Dals and Pulses )
Recipe# 32813
16 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Set your imagination free and experiment with these interesting chilkewali moong dal chilas. You can change the stuffing to suit your taste – perhaps you’ll fall in love with a filling of stir-fried vegetables with soya sauce!
Golpapdi
Recipe# 2938
20 Aug 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
These serve as a good snack in the evening and can even be the best thing to have early in the morning when you feel little nauseous. Jaggery, apart from being a good source of iron, acts as an instant "pick me up". Although ghee is a good source of vitamin A, it should be had in moderation beca ....
Whole Wheat Methi Khakhras
Recipe# 2939
20 Aug 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
These make an excellent substitute for biscuits. Whole wheat provides excellent fibre to relieve your digestive problems. Methi increases the iron and calcium content of the recipe. Have these for your early morning dry carbohydrate snack during the first trimester, as they will help keep nausea a ....
Healthy Tomato Soup
Recipe# 2951
20 Aug 11

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
The ever popular tomato soup made healthier with the addition of moong dal. Tomatoes are rich in folic acid, vitamin C and moong dal provides protein. Moong dal also cuts down the sharpness of tomatoes and gives this soup a velvety texture. Just pour it into your favourite mug and sip away.....
Lentil and Vegetable Broth
Recipe# 2949
20 Aug 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This broth is a nutritious combination of dal and vegetables which is good for your first trimester. Tomatoes and spinach provide iron and folic acid which are essential during this trimester and cheese and lentils are a good source of protein. Being a mildly flavoured soup, it will stimulate your ....
Ridge Gourd and Amaranth Shaag Bhaja
Recipe# 42387
12 Mar 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This Bengali-style subzi features a unique combination of veggies, simply but tastily flavoured with everyday ingredients. Iron-rich chawli leaves come together with ridge gourd, which gives not just more nutrition but also a good texture and volume to the subzi. The duo is aptly flavoured with a te ....
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