A mother entered in the 7th-month pregnancy stage of motherhood. Now, this is the phase when the third trimester begins. You have to become more conscious about your 7th-month pregnancy diet and regularly visit your doctor every week or as advised by the doctor. This is the time period when a working mother starts to plan maternity leaves and a birth vision or a birth plan is created in her mind about delivery.
The duration is from the 27th week to the 30th week. A fetus gains a weighs of 2-4 pounds and 12 inches long. A healthy and balanced diet is essential during this period because a mother needs 300 additional calories a day during this month.
Let’s start the discussion
- What to eat?
- What not to eat?
- Eating habits or tips
- Common discomforts with dietary solution
1. WHAT TO EAT
A healthy 7th-month pregnancy diet has many elements. Let’s discuss about them.
a. IRON & PROTEIN
A body needs extra iron during pregnancy. Iron carries oxygenated blood and blood volume is increased in pregnancy. So, more iron requirement is needed. Deficiency of iron causes anemia which is a common cause of premature birth and underweight baby.
Vitamin-C is very useful in the absorption of iron. So, you can add lemon or use tomato in a salad in the 7th-month pregnancy diet.
Non-vegetarian food also plays a role in the absorption of iron.
|Dry dates||100gms||3.2 mg|
Protein contains amino acids which are building blocks of the body and sustain muscles.
- Dairy product
- Soya Chunks
Vitamin – K helps in blood clotting and prevents bleeding or hemorrhage. At the time of birth, the baby has a decreased amount of Vit- K is present. So, an extra shot of vitamin- K is given.
A mother should eat vitamin-K containing food in sufficient amount to prevent internal hemorrhage or other complications in the baby
DOSE-Depend on your size (1mcg per kg of body weight per day
|Green leafy vegetables||Fresh vegetables||Fruits||Others|
|brussels sprouts (chhoti gobhi)|
Calcium is very crucial in the development of strong teeth and skeletal system.
|Dairy products||Some snacks||Small bony fish|
Magnesium is needed to adapt calcium and helps in the prevention of leg cramps, premature delivery.
- Pumpkin seeds
- Oat bran
e. DHA(Docosahexaenoic acid)
It is a type of omega 3 fatty acid that needs to develop the brain of the fetus.
- Flax seeds(alsi ka biz)
- For non-vegetarian food like fish oil, fatty fish like tuna
f. FOLIC ACIDS
Folic acid is needed to prevent neural tube defects in babies and helps in the development of the neural systems.
DOSE- 400 mg /day
- Legumes- Beans, peas
- Leafy vegetables
- Citrus fruits- Orange, grapefruit, lemon
- Whole grain bread and cereals
In our body, water in the digestive tract is absorbed by fibers and prevents constipation. Also, drink a lot of water daily.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables like broccoli, beans, apples, citrus fruits
- Whole grains
- Dried fruits, nuts
2. WHAT NOT TO EAT?
Here’s a list of what food you must avoid adding on 7th month pregnancy diet:
a. JUNK FOOD
In pregnancy, an urge to eat pizza, burger, and other fast food has come, but it is better to avoid these foods in the 7th-month pregnancy diet. Other than that, you can make sandwiches, dhokla, and other options at home.
b. LISTERIA INFECTION PRONE FOODS
Listeria infection is caused due to food contaminated by bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes.
Some food items are more at risk of infected with this infection. Includes –
- Soft cheese made from creamed milk
- Soft serve ice cream
- Undercooked meat
- Raw seafood
- Unpasteurized milk
- Pre-cut fruits and vegetables
3. EATING HABITS OR TIPS
Some tips are given to stay away from these diet-related misconceptions for a pregnant woman.
Many myths or misconceptions related to diet in pregnancy are present in our society. Avoid
these myths and maintain your healthy diet. For example
i. Two-person diet
False myth no.1.
A pregnant lady has to eat a diet of two-person. This myth is totally false. In pregnancy diet, an additional 300 calories per day is needed. By over-eating, you can suffer from problems like gestational diabetes mellitus, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and many others.
False myth no.2:
A baby of the non-vegetarian mother is more healthy than that of the baby of a vegetarian mother.
False myth no.3:
A balanced diet that contains iron, calcium, protein and many other nutrients is needed for both mother and baby regardless of source animal or vegetable. Yes, a vegetarian mother needs to take more protein from a vegetarian diet.
False myth no.4:
Food cravings during pregnancy occur due to a lack of specific nutrients or minerals in the baby. In result, if this craving is not satisfied, it will affect the growth and development of the baby.
False myth no.5:
There is a scientific reason behind food craving in pregnancy is still unknown.
-A mother have to eat
-A balanced diet
-Take small and frequent meals at regular intervals
-Drink more water
Overeating also impacts a negative effect on the baby.
4. COMMON DISCOMFORTS WITH DIETARY SOLUTION
During the seventh month, a pregnant woman suffered from some discomforts which can easily be resolved by dietary modification. Some of them are –
a. HOT FLUSHES
It is common to experience hot flushes during pregnancy. You suddenly experience heat, intense warmth from your body. Hot flushes also impact on your appetite and diet.
Then, you can use these tricks to overcome-
-Avoid spicy and fatty foods.
-Eat small and frequent meals. Rather than three large meals.
-Take some cold foods like cucumber, yogurts, Raita, curd rice, Fruits, etc.
-Make sure that you drink enough water. Eight glasses of water a day.
-Have some cooling fluids like lassi, coconut water, aam Panna, buttermilk, fresh lime water.
-Stay away from coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
-Always carry a water bottle with you when you go out from home.
b. LEG CRAMPS
Leg cramps are sudden involuntary contractions in muscles. The cause behind leg cramps is unknown but may be due to deficiency of calcium or any other condition.
To resolve leg cramps-
- Eat calcium-rich foods.
- Sleep with food end elevation approx 20-25 cm up.
- Massage legs with oil.
- Daily drink a glass of milk before sleep.
- Calcium supplements as per advised by the doctor.
I hope that now you are able to find the answer to all your questions and able to clear your misconceptions in this blog about what to eat or not to eat, eating habits or tips and what are the discomforts and their dietary solution during the seventh month of pregnancy. If you still have any doubt or query, then you can ask in the comment box below or inbox. Thank you so much and have a nice day.
You may also read- 8th Month Pregnancy Diet Guide And Basic Eating Habits
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Some types of mushrooms like Oyster, Cremini, and Button which have no allergies are safe to eat during pregnancy. Mushroom is a fungi and many peoples are allergic to some type of mushrooms. So be careful and eat properly cooked and mushroom with no allergy.
Below are the some tips to be kept in mind in diabetes during pregnancy(gestational diabetes)-
Not eat too much at one time.
Take more fiber foods like whole-grain bread, brown rice, beans.
Do not skip breakfast and eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast matters a lot in maintaining blood sugar. Whole grains with a protein food source is a good option for breakfast.
Avoid sugary food products like soft drinks, fruit juices, desserts, sweets.
Some artificial sweeteners are safe to use in the 7th-month pregnancy diet.