What Not to Eat Close to Your Due Date
They say you are what you eat. And so lies the question: what should you be (i.e. eat) as you are nearing your EDD? The answer is simple enough, yet easier said than done. You should be prepared. But you’re always eating, all your life. What alterations do you need to make to your diet to prepare?
You all have probably heard of the good old traditional confinement food. Well, that’s for after you have given birth to your baby. Protein-rich, high in fats and carbohydrates – these are what you get for the typical confinement meal. However, delivery is a different thing altogether. Here’s what to avoid eating, when going into labour and before the birth of your child.
It is no secret that most of us have a sweet tooth. If you are one of the exceptions, then there is nothing to worry about here. For those who do, listen up. Lay off the sweet stuff for a while. These foods include classic foods from the sugar hall of fame such as doughnuts, candies, and good chocolate.
While it is true that foods high in sugar give you plenty of energy, it is used up by the body quickly. And this is where the term sugar rush comes from. A burst of energy that makes you feel invincible, and that you can do anything in the world, and then come crashing down soon after that, and makes delivery a slower process.
We’re guessing that this is something that you would not expect to see in this article. Unfortunately, it is. Carbo-loading with a bunch of pasta works for running a marathon, but labour and delivery is a whole different type of marathon.
Pasta just does not sit well in the stomach before giving birth, since it takes a longer time to digest than most other food. This is due to the complex carbohydrates that make up the pasta. This very slow process adds unnecessary pressure on the digestive system of the body and makes giving birth harder than usual. So, if you are craving that good carbonara, it can wait until after the delivery!
A lot of Meat
It goes without saying, that most foods are best taken in moderation, and happens to be a theme with the foods mentioned here. And meat is no different. Meat provides protein and is important for you to help your tissues repair themselves during pregnancy, and after giving birth as well. And also, in such a time such as pregnancy, would it not be better to eat more meat (if you enjoy it), so that you may feel better? Yes, that is correct!
However, just like pasta, meat also digests relatively slowly in your body. Therefore, it has the same effects as pasta does have on the body. Do not entirely cut meat off of your diet (unless you do not eat meat usually), but instead reduce the amount so as to not apply any unneeded pressure on your belly, that is already hard at work. Yes, you may also have to give up your favourite vinegar pork trotter or at least not have too much of it.
Giving birth is not an easy process, and you should definitely use every effort so as to make it as easy as possible for yourself. Preparing for before the delivery is now something you know how to do. However, postpartum confinement meals are a more complicated matter. If you are curious, you can learn more from the experts at Tian Wei Signature.