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गर्भावस्था के लिए दूसरे ट्राइमेस्टर - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Pregnancy Second Trimester Foods recipes in Hindi)
બીજા ટ્રિમેસ્ટર માટેનો આહાર - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Pregnancy Second Trimester Foods recipes in Gujarati)

What foods to eat during your second trimester of pregnancy?

second trimester Indian foods. With the onset of second trimester, you are a step ahead in your Pregnancy. This trimester is a period of rapid growth and development of the fetus.

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 7-8 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. Try to avoid refined products like maida. Include a variety of whole grains like wheat, barley, bajra, ragi in your diet.

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.

3) Milk and Milk products : It is recommended to consume about 3-4 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.

4) Vegetables : It is recommended to consume about 5-6 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.

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.

Include a variety of healthy nuts to give you omega-3 fats. Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios etc. Peanuts are also a good option for pregnant ladies because they are cheap in cost.

Snacks to have in second trimester

Palak Methi MuthiaPalak Methi Muthia

You will stop feel nauseated and the morning sickness will soon disappear in the second trimester. This is also the time when you crave to eat a variety of dishes, with a new taste each time. But remember to not overdo the spice or sugar dosage. So explore recipes like Jowar Methi Roti, Moong Dal Dosa etc. Your appetite will increase and you will feel the urge to eat small meals more often. To make those time pretty we have designed a few recipes like Orange and Mint Juice, Poha Cutlet, Mooli Muthias and so on.

Foods in second trimester should be rich in energy and protein

Quick Paneer SubziQuick Paneer Subzi

The energy and protein requirement should be made up to reach the desired weight of this trimester. Some women tend to lose weight in first trimester. Then they need to catch up on that weight gain too. So focus on energy dense recipe like Sprout and Fruit Bhel, Strawberry Milkshake, Stuffed bajra Roti, Kulith Salad etc. Leg cramps also occur to some women in this part of gestation. Focus of dairy products, sprouts and greens to provide your body with loads of calcium. Broccoli, Carrot and Paneer Subzi, Sprouts Pulao etc.

Lastly, remember Iodine is also a nutrient that’s very important for baby’s growth. So ensure you use a good quality brand of iodised salt in your daily cooking.

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

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Spinach and Mint Juice ( Healthy Juice) recipe
Here is a cool and healthy cleanser to start your day with. The lemon in this dark green juice helps to retain the colour and enhance the absorption of iron in it. The greens and the jal jeera powder together are ideal for stimulating the digestive system and replacing the lost minerals. Digest ....
Broccoli and Baby Corn Stir Fry recipe
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
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.
Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Cookies recipe
If you always considered choco chip cookies to be a sinful indulgence, and have been especially wary of it now to avoid unwarranted weight gain during pregnancy, then here is a delightful guilt-free recipe that you can enjoy once in a while! With loads of protein and fibre, this delicious, soft and ....
Melon Magic, Muskmelon and Orange Juice recipe
To get your mind to start working at top speed and to get the much-needed boost of creative energy, grab a glass of this magic portion! Muskmelon and Orange Juice is an ultimate healing juice, ideal as an immune booster due to its high vitamin A levels. Vitamin A (Beta-carotene) is a potent ant ....
Poha Cutlet (  Iron Rich ) recipe
Beaten rice (poha) is made in an iron pounder that contributes for its iron content. No wonder these yummy cutlets are packed with the richness of iron! Addition of lemon juice also helps in absorption of iron.
Guava Drink, Peru Drink recipe
It is difficult to pass by guavas in the market without buying some. With their pleasant aroma and unique flavour, guavas are perfectly poised to please your palate. This fruit is a boon during pregnancy, especially if you are having digestive problems like constipation. This is because guava, with ....
Paneer Tikki recipe
Fresh paneer together with chopped coriander and green chillies, rolled in flour and shallow- fried to perfection – ah, no wonder the paneer tikki is such a popular snack! this version is made even more irresistible with a rich dry fruit stuffing that complements the soft paneer very well.
Broccoli, Carrot and Paneer Subzi recipe
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. Broccoli is a very good sou ....
Moong Dal Dosa, Healthy Pregnancy Recipe recipe
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 ....
Quick Paneer Subzi recipe
A delectable blend of flavours and textures makes this Quick Paneer Subzi a great hit! This Jain recipe features cottage cheese cubes, capsicum and tomatoes perked up with a simple yet aromatic powder of coriander and red chillies. Apart from the fact that this lip-smacking subzi uses minimal ingred ....
Golden Broth, Thick Carrot and Potato Soup recipe
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.
Strawberry Chickoo Shake recipe
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 ....
Chawli Beans and Mint Burger recipe
Did you always think of burgers as junk food, going by the commercial versions? A homemade burger can be a reservoir of nutrients if you use the right stuffing. Here, spongy whole wheat buns are packed with an iron-rich chawli bean tikki that is enchantingly flavoured with mint leaves and bound toge ....
Kulith Salad, Protein Rich Recipe recipe
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 ....
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