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10:45 AM | 12-02-2019

I am in early stage of my pregnancy. I wish to know what type of millets (Jowar, ragi, bajra, amaranth, chana etc. )are suitable for my first, second and third trimester? Also what type of millets will he suitable in what weather? Currently the weather is cold, being winter months, going towards summer.


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10:25 AM | 15-02-2019

Hi! Great to know you are thinking of including millets in your diet during pregnancy.

There is no specific guideline for which millet is suitable in any particular trimester of pregnancy. You can have all of them in moderation. The idea behind including millets in your meal is to ensure diet and nutrient diversity. The more diverse your diet is in terms of the grains, vegetables and fruits, the healthier and more nutritious it is. So the same thumb rule applies for millets, try to include all /most of them in different ways.

Different millets are rich in different nutrients. Ragi is excellent for calcium, foxtail millet is rich in protein, bajra/pearl millet is rich in iron and a good source of folic acid, etc. You can easily find them in stores nowadays or online.

Some key things to keep in mind when you start off with millets:

1. As a beginner, try to do it just once a day and make sure they are cooked well. Under-cooked millets will cause dehydration and digestion issues. Easier recipes are khichdi, kheer etc where they can be cooked mushy but if you learn how to cook them fluffy and perfect you can experiment with many more recipes.

2. Increasing millets in your diet means increasing fibre, so increase your water intake as well.

3. Going towards summer, if you find that any type of millet is causing ‘heat’ in your body, pair it with cooling spices like saunf.or coriander. You could even use them in fermented recipes like the south Indian congee or the Rajasthani Raab or even in Idli Dosa batters. Besides increasing the B-complex in the food, fermentation also makes them more ‘cool’ for the body. 

4. Do not eat the same quantity of millets as you would of white rice/wheat. Since these are fibre rich & nutrient dense they need to be eaten in smaller portions.

5. Millets keep us feeling fuller for a longer duration and provide sustained energy for longer. This does not mean that they are not being digested. We just need to adjust the quantity we consume as per our meal-frequency.

For more queries and an easy cooking guide to millets, you can visit the following linkhttps://milletsforhealth.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/an-easy-guide-to-millet-cooking/

02:17 PM | 08-03-2019

Thank you very much for such a detailed response!

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01:27 PM | 12-02-2019

Bajra and jowar are available everywhere in India. You can have them.

However remember that our true diet is fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in raw form. Have more of these. Millets can be had once a day.Don;t overdo them

02:18 PM | 08-03-2019

Thank You very much Mam!

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10:25 AM | 12-02-2019

Hi. You can learn more about millets through our blog Curious about millets? and learn millets based recipes through our Recipes section.

In good health
Team Wellcure



10:20 AM | 12-02-2019

In addition to what Anchal wrote, pls don't have multi grains in one meal. Eat only one grain at a time. For eg: If you are eating rice, eat only rice, don't have roti with it. You can have rice in one meal, let's say lunch & roti in another meal, let's say dinner. Our body produces digestive juices to digest the food we eat. Grains, in any case, are difficult-to-digest food. If you eat multiple grains together, the body has to work even harder to digest them. Not that the body is not capable of doing it, but you might as well save that energy so that the body can focus on taking care of your baby :-)  



10:15 AM | 12-02-2019

Hi. Thank you for asking your question here :-)

I was introduced to millets later in life, post pregnancy. Earlier all I knew in millets was ragi. I ate ragi rotis during pregnancy, especially because there's a lot of emphasis on iron-calcium intake when you are pregnant.

It's only later in life I learnt about other millets or became more aware of adding diversity to the grains we ate.

I don't think there is a trimester wise guide to what you should eat. You should eat as healthy as you ever would if you were caring for your health. Overall just follow the rule of eating a variety, have grain meals max twice a day and have them with a lot of veggies, eat in moderation, don't go overboard on anything.

It is often believed that few grains like makki are to be eaten in winters. Personally I have experienced and have seen people around who eat these all year long. Maybe because their body is well nourished & hydrated with alkaline fruits & veggies!! Having said so, find your peace of mind. There is no dearth of options. Ragi, amaranth, millet rice, rice can be eaten all year long. For others, go by what is generally believed to be true for seasons. 

Also when you buy your millets, try sourcing a good quality. I have requested Pallavi Upadhyaya to share more with you. You can read her health journey here to know more about her how-i-managed-my-gestational-diabetes-without-medicines


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