Pregnant ladies, Rujuta Diwekar has something special for you!

Gone are the days when pregnancy meant a license to add on those pounds, guilt-free. However, today, even doctors are against rapid weight gain during pregnancy and always advise you keep a check on what you eat and how you spend your day. So, if you are fretting about not gaining too much weight, while pregnant, it’s time to stop worrying.

Kareena Kapoor’s celebrity dietician Rujuta Diwekar recently released a handy book –‘Pregnancy Notes’ and this is one book, we feel every pregnant woman must own. Rujuta’s book caters to women who need some guidance on weight gain, diet and other do’s and don’ts during pregnancy.

In a recent Facebook live chat, before the book launch, Rujuta and Kareena discussed a whole lot of pregnancy do’s and don’ts. Here are some highlights!

Seasonal veggies

It is recommended that you eat every two hours during pregnancy, and instead of binging on junk, snack on healthy seasonal vegetables, especially louki, Karela or tori.


Having a glass of warm milk with a pinch of nutmeg before bedtime will help calm your system and also aid in sleeping better.

Keep it simple

Always try and keep your meals simple so that digestion does not become a big deal. Rice, dahi, khichdi with haldi are good for dinner while idli with coconut chutney and a bit of ghee can make for a healthy breakfast.

Never eat for two!

"You are still one person, so even if you are carrying twins, don't go overboard”, says Rujuta. However, still at times if you do feel like an extra serving, go ahead and listen to your body.

No tea/coffee on empty stomach

As far as possible avoid having tea or coffee on empty stomach. This will help prevent morning sickness and also curb acidity. Starting your day with a glass of warm water with lemon is the best bet!

Coconut and til

Coconut and til are magical for pregnant women. Most women complain of hair fall and graying during pregnancy. “Including coconut in the form of laddoo or halwa helps replenish your hair”, says Rujuta. Similarly snacking on til ka laddoo or adding til to your tadka is useful to battle hair woes during pregnancy. “Chakli is one snack that's healthy too - it is dairy free and gluten free”, adds Rujuta.

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