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Curd During Pregnancy

Curd During Pregnancy: A Creamy Delight or a Dairy Dilemma?

| 11 Oct 2023 | 128137 Views |

Introduction

Well, hello, dear mommies-to-be! The pregnancy journey, with its ups and downs, cravings, and aversions, is a roller-coaster ride, ain’t it? As you nestle down in bustling cities like Delhi, Noida, or Gurgaon, one might wonder about the perfect diet that ensures the best for both you and your tiny tot. One of the many foods up for debate? Curd. Sounds simple, yet it’s packed with so much more than what meets the eye (or the taste buds). So, is this creamy delight safe during pregnancy? Pour yourself a cuppa, because we’re diving deep into this dairy dilemma.

Nutritional Value of Curd

Let’s kick things off by decoding what’s in that bowl of curd:

  • Protein : A building block for your body.
  • Calcium : Good for bones, teeth, and muscle contraction.
  • Vitamins : Especially B12 and B5. Say hello to energy and brain health!
  • Probiotics : Friendly bacteria for a happy gut.

And there’s more, but these are the highlights. A quick glance, and one might think, “Seems healthy, right?” But hold on, there’s more to uncover.

Can I Eat Curd During Pregnancy?

“Yes, but…” – that’s how the story often goes, doesn’t it? Consuming fresh, well-prepared, and unadulterated curd is generally safe and even beneficial during pregnancy. However, it’s crucial to steer clear of raw or unpasteurized versions, which may harbor harmful bacteria.

What is the Best Time to Eat Curd During Pregnancy?

Mornings are a golden time! But wait, isn’t every time a good time when cravings hit? While you can relish curd pretty much any time of the day, mornings are especially favorable. This helps kick-start your digestion and infuse your day with a calcium boost.

Curd vs Yogurt: Which is Better for Pregnant Women?

Ah, the age-old debate! While curd and yogurt are cousins in the dairy world, there are subtle differences:

  • Curd : Fermented naturally with lactic acid bacteria.
  • Yogurt : Often has added probiotics and is thicker in consistency.

For pregnant women, both can be beneficial, but curd might just edge ahead due to its natural probiotic content. Remember, always opt for the pasteurized versions.

Benefits of Curd During Pregnancy

Dive into the creamy world of curd and let’s uncover its benefits:

1. Cools down the body

Hot flashes? Curd to the rescue! It’s a natural body cooler, perfect for those sweaty days.

2. Improves digestion

Goodbye, pregnancy-induced constipation and hello, smooth digestion, thanks to the probiotics.

3. Provides calcium

For your growing baby’s bones and yours too!

4. Improves immunity

Curd is like that trusty old shield, fending off infections and illnesses.

5. Lowers high blood pressure

Keeping that BP in check? Curd’s got your back.

6. Moisturizes the skin

Glow, mama, glow! Enjoy the natural skin hydration.

Conclusion

The world of curd during pregnancy is fascinating, isn’t it? It’s creamy, delightful, and comes with a host of benefits for the mom-to-be. However, like with all things in life, moderation and caution are key. So, next time you’re nestled in your cozy nook in Delhi, Noida, or Gurgaon, and the craving hits, you know what to do. Dig in, but keep it safe!

 

FAQs

It's better to stick to natural, unflavored curd to avoid added sugars and artificial ingredients.

Not necessarily. But if you're prone to catching colds, maybe lay off the curd in chilly weather.

Absolutely! It's a comforting and nutritious option.

A tad sour is okay, but too sour means it's over-fermented. Best to avoid.

If you're lactose intolerant, it might. Always consult your doctor.

It can be, but monitor your portions and opt for low-fat versions.

Yes, homemade curd is often fresher and free from additives.

Nope, frozen yogurt is more of a dessert and might contain added sugars.

Moderation is key. A bowl a day should be fine, but always consult your nutritionist.

While curd has its benefits, it shouldn't entirely replace milk in your diet.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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