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Bump up this Chinese New Year with Healthy Eating!

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As we all prepare for Chinese New Year celebration, it’s always good for mommies and mommies-to-be to take note of their diet and physical care.

The heart of Chinese New Year is ultimately a celebration with your loves ones at home, hence gatherings with family and relatives around the dining table are what we look forward to as we catch up. The following days are then spent visiting relatives and friends, conveying blessings of good fortune for the year ahead and enjoying time with the ones who matter most. 

Next is the planning and preparation of CNY delicacies at home for our dear guests. Some popular choices range from the all-time favourites like bak kwa and pineapple tarts to classic reunion dinner such as steamboat and pen cai 盆菜, and more!

You may be snacking for two while pregnant, but you still have to snack smart and healthily! These foods, while mouth-watering as they are, are high in sugar, carbohydrates and calories. Over-indulgence of snacks can lead to health risks like pregnancy-induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and/or bacteria infection.

*Fun fact: One slice of Bak Kwa (60g) has 230kcal, 8g of fat, 25g sugar and 500mg of sodium

Always have your bottle or cup of water handy and take a sip with every bite of a CNY snack. Doing this will fill you up faster and ensure you don’t get ‘heaty’ from the baked-goods such as love letters or cookies and fried food. Savor each bite and chew it through slowly to have better digestion. This will also avoid the problem of heartburns commonly faced by mommies.

We have put up some food to be mindfully and moderately consumed, but we all know it’s hard to control when we are hungry. So why not eat some healthy and nutritional food before we start enjoying the CNY goodies! It’s also a good way to ensure you don’t eat too much, and it’s always wise to never make important decision on an empty stomach. 

Apple

Apple is a good source of nutrients for the mommy and baby, it also provides a boost in stomach and intestine functionality to boost the lack of spleen energy for better digestion. Apple can also help relieve some pregnancy morning sickness, so it’s definitely a fruit mommies can include in her diet daily.

Nuts

Raw nuts contain good sources of fat, fiber, folate, magnesium and protein needed for mommy and baby. Nuts are also helpful in aiding digestion. Do avoid heavily flavored nuts such as salted egg or even the fave Mala flavored nuts.

Strawberry

Strawberry is also packed with antioxidants, fiber and Vitamin C to boost mommies’ immune system and help mommies avoid catching colds.

Lean Meat

As most families are having steamboats during CNY, mommies can look at eating more fish, chicken and lean beef and mutton. Beef and mutton provides a good source of iron for mommies which is especially important during the first and second trimester.

And with Chinese New Year comes the temptations for snacking and feasting on all the yummy goodies so we’re sharing some tips to make the most out of your CNY munching while preggers!

It’s fairly common to have up to 4-6 homes to visit over the first two days of the Chinese New Year. If this is your first time celebrating the Chinese New Year with a baby, there’s also doubt about whether you’ll be able to pull off bringing the baby out for full days of visiting.

Planning is the key to success! Map out what your visiting days are going to look like. Think through the order of home visits, how long it will take to get from place to place, how much time you will spend in each home. Then try to shift the timings around your own nap time or your baby’s schedule so that it is not majorly affected.

If you have a child whose bedtime may clash while you’re out visiting, shower them and bring their pyjamas along. That way, you can change them and tuck them into their carrier without messing up their sleeping pattern, plus, you’d be able to stay longer while visiting as well!

Even a 15-minute power nap can make a difference. Listen and observe what your body is telling you. If needed, take frequent breaks. I am sure that your family members will understand your needs if you have to excuse yourself.

A good way to ensure you get enough rest is to plan a reasonable schedule for your house visiting or hosting at home during this CNY.

Last but not least, although all the above sounds like a lot of hard work and planning, make it your aim to HAVE FUN! After all, Chinese New Year only comes but once a year. At the end of the day, remember to savour those precious moments with your family and friends.

While you are enjoying your Chinese New Year celebration, if you have any issues or doubts which you wish to clarify, do not hesitate to WhatsApp us at 8166 0070 or email us at enquiry@madampartum.com

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