The news of conceiving is excellent but then follow the do's and don'ts for the period of nine months. Women are often confused about what can be included in your diet to make it healthy and nutritious. Here are a few items that we recommend should be avoided at all costs during this time. 

Eggplant or Brinjal or Baingan

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The most common vegetable consumed in most households, eggplant has been found to be quite effective in treating amenorrhoea and premenstrual syndrome in Ayurveda. Half a brinjal every day is said to help to trigger off menstruation that had been irregular for more than a year. On the basis of this property, eggplant is regarded as dangerous to consume during pregnancy. If you love it so much, have it in small quantities sometimes.

Fennel Seeds or Saunf

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Fennel seeds and dhania (coriander powder) are said to cause harm if consumed in excess while being pregnant. These spices all have traces of phytoestrogens that perform the function of female estrogen and stimulate uterine contractions. You also need to avoid taste enhancers like Ajinomoto, which is found in Chinese food as it can cause harm to your brain cells.

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Papaya or Papita

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Indians consider papaya to be very dangerous to consume during your pregnancy period as papaya can stimulate an abortion. however, e are unsure how true is that but we suggest that raw or semi-ripe papaya is quite unsettling for your tummy making it quite dangerous during pregnancy. 

Sesame Seeds or 'Til'

Dry seeds like sesame or til are actually included in making medicine to stimulate abortion. Sesame seeds have been proven to stimulate the uterine muscles triggering contractions and finally leading to the expulsion of the ovum that has fertilized. This normally occurs in the first trimester of pregnancy. So avoid sesame seeds especially during those first three crucial months.  

Fish & Seafood

Considering the waters in India at the moment, contamination is at its best with so much heavy metal like mercury mixed in it. Therefore, fish is just not a good idea for pregnant women foremost. But, fish is also a great source of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and iron- and thus considered highly nutritious. However, owing to the dangers of mercury contamination, it is wise to avoid fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish. However, fish like shrimp, catfish, and salmon are considered safe. Just cook it all properly and you are good to go.

Pineapple

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This fruit comprises traces of bromelain enzyme that is found to be helpful in cervix softening and bringing on labor. Pineapple belongs to the family of food that gets your body heated very soon and therefore is not recommended during conception period as it can trigger a miscarriage or premature labor. However, one slice is okay. It is said that the fruit induces a lot of body heat so, don't go crazy on the pineapple, just have a slice or two once a while. That is fine.  

Grapes or Angoor

Indian women also avoid grapes especially during the final stages of conception as it increases your body temperature leading to unwanted complications. Grapes also contain a toxic compound called Resveratrol that can pose many complications.

Fenugreek Seeds or 'Methi Dana'

This herb or spice is set to be a major trigger for a miscarriage if consumed during pregnancy. This is because fenugreek or Methi has properties that can stimulate contraction leading to premature delivery or an abortion. If you are closer to delivery you might be okay with it, but consumption of these seeds before that may result in pre-term delivery or miscarriage.

Keep yourself healthy, if you are not convinced, we suggest that you consult your doctor before binging and you are good to go. Happy Motherhood from HerZingadi!

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