Week by week Pregnancy Diet: Week 39 Diet


Diet & Exercise

Most moms swear by labour inducing foods. Have dates, eggplant and pineapple if you believe in mom's instinct. Have energy-packed foods like bananas. Drink 2lts of water & never skip meals. Have small portions of food every few hours to keep blood sugar levels normal. Increase your calorie intake but keep it healthy.

    Say yes to:

  1. At least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day
  2. Plenty of starchy foods like wholegrain bread, pasta, rice and potatoes
  3. Protein from lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, pulses and nuts
  4. At least two portions of fish a week
  5. Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt

    Say no to:

  1. Sweetened beverages with added sugars, including soft drinks and pre-sweetened teas
  2. Raw meat
  3. Refined flour
  4. Caffeine
  5. Raw eggs
  6. Fish with high levels of mercury
  7. Unpasteurized dairy products
  8. Ready-to-eat meats and seafood
  9. Fried & spicy food
  10. Artificial sweeteners
  11. High-fat, high-sugar, and high-sodium foods
  12. The exercise ball, walking, swimming and yoga are safe choices. Squatting, pelvic floor exercises, kegel exercises are great labour inducing exercises. Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Make sure to wear a bra that supports your breasts completely. High-intensity exercises and yoga pose that require stress on the abdomen need to be avoided.


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