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Q: dear ammas,i am married for 2 years and now we are planning for baby.before marraige though people said i am looking good,i was on the fat, after marraige i had lost weight and i am ok now.but i am afraid amma,that if i get pregnant i will gain weight agian?i have seen all my friends here either they put wt when they are carrying baby or they put wt after thier delivery. and they wont loose wt ,although they do,only a little bit,they dont look like before.they dont do exercises b'cos of their children, they have spend their whole time with them etc etc.some of them eat too much during their pregnancies and after delivery (because they are feeding maybe?) but,amma i just want to maintain myself by taking nutritious,healthy,but not too fatty foods is that ok?because i cannot go for gim or do more exercises i hope i can do with a healthy chart?will you help me by giving good tips?thanks. mol,usa.
-- mol, usa 06/04/03

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Dear mol,you are bound to put on some weight during preganancy,on an average 10-14 kg through 9 months.but soon after delivery 5-6 kgs is lost. breast feeding and doing household jobs helps you shed off those extra kilos in as little as 10-16 weeks,even without vigorous excercises or crash diets. now that you are planning for a baby,ideal diet should give you essential vitamins,folates,calcium,iron apart from calories.try not to overindulge in snackfoods,chocolates and icecreams,fatty foods,cheeses..etc.try avoiding vitamin a supplements once you conceive. i can suggest you a simple day to day menu for breakfast: a cup cereal with a cup of milk and a fruit-apple/orange/kiwifruit/apricot for 11'o clock snack: 2 arrowroot biscuits /a dry toast with a cup of fresh fruit juice for lunch: 1 tuna sandwich/veg sandwich/3-4 idlis/2 dosas/2 rotis with curry add a fruit for 3 'o clock snack: 2-tablespoons of dryfruits and raisins (or) 2 tablespns-peanuts (or) a carrot/boiled kumara (or) a cup of fresh salad for dinner: 100 gms rice with dal/curry/sambhar (or) 2 rotis with curry ans salads before going to bed: a cup of warm unsweetend milk this diet helps gives you requierd calories and essentials viatamins and minerals. for curry -twice a week-leanmeat/thrice a week fish/chicken/eggs.include dal twice in a week's menu. do not eat out more than once a week,even if you have to-try greens ands salads or low cal diets/subway sandwiches icecreams /chocolates/pizzas/burgers/french fries- no more than twice a month hope the menu is simple enough to be followed cheers

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