Feeding your body with the right nutrients can make a significant difference to you and your baby in late pregnancy. So, don’t reach for the curry to help bring on labour if you’re overdue. Here’s three foods you should eat when you’re overdue.
Tere’s no evidence that any food can trigger labour – not even a hot curry. So skip the spicy food as it might be too rich for you to cope with at this stage. Keep eating nutrient-dense foods that won’t contribute to bloating and will help alleviate constipation. Kiwis are packed with vitamin C as well as fibre.
Make sure you continue to eat foods with brain-boosting DHA, especially if you’re planning to breastfeed. Since you should be having your baby any day now, consuming DHA will result in higher DHA levels in your breast milk. Salmon and anchovies are also a great source of DHA.”
If you’re overdue, you might well be feeling uncomfortable, stressed and frustrated as all those ‘any news yet?’ SMSs flood in. But don’t grab a heavy takeaway or tub of ice cream to boost your morale. Junk food and full-fat ice cream will only contribute to you feeling overly full. Snack on slices of apple or berries instead. These provide a sweet taste in addition to vitamins and minerals. Try carrot sticks and celery too.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.