Sonam Kapoor is proving once again why she’s the only big sister we need online. We’ve already gone over the reasons why she’s one of the coolest celebrities around and, ICYMI, one of the top ones in that list is her unique social media presence.
The actress has consciously allowed her followers to get a glimpse behind the glamorous curtain of her fast-paced celebrity life where she looks perfect every single second of the day. She regularly gives her fans an insight into everything that goes on to make her look picture-perfect and is refreshingly real about the not-so-glamorous side of stardom too.
So it wasn’t really a surprise when Kapoor was forthcoming about all the changes she was experiencing during her pregnancy. Ever since the actress announced that she was expecting her first child with Anand Ahuja, she took her followers on the journey along with her through regular Instagram updates.
Now that the couple has welcomed baby Vayu to the world, the actress has a few more pregnancy lessons to impart, more specifically her prenatal diet.
Kapoor took to Instagram to break down the different elements of her pregnancy diet and busted a few myths too.
She cautioned pregnant people to source clean, organic produce that hasn’t been exposed to any form of pesticide. She also advised against eating anything uncooked, like seafood or salads. “Avoid anything raw during pregnancy. This includes raw meat, fish and salads. The worst thing is to get a bad tummy prenatally; it can be dangerous for your baby’s well-being,” she wrote.
The actress also shared that her usual guilty pleasures were off-limits to her during the pregnancy, “Avoid caffeine girls; unfortunately chocolate contains caffeine. Limit coffee and chocolate intake.”
She dismissed the oft-repeated belief that, when you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two and also endorsed exercising during pregnancy. Kapoor claimed she maintained her yoga and pilates schedule throughout the nine months as it’s safe to move during the pregnancy, especially if you’ve been active before.
Now that you’re all caught up on her top pregnancy commandments, here’s a quick breakdown of her prenatal diet…
Needless to say, fresh and organic vegetables were a huge part of her diet. According to Kapoor, her go-to veggies included carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, cooked greens, tomatoes and red sweet peppers (“for vitamin A and potassium”).
Fresh fruits are also a very important component of a prenatal diet. Kapoor’s favourites included cantaloupe, honeydew, mangoes, prunes, bananas, apricots, oranges, and red or pink grapefruit.
Since Kapoor is lactose intolerant, she stuck to fat-free or low-fat yogurt, oat milk, soy milk, coconut milk, buttermilk, and paneer (cottage cheese). She insisted that you should stay away from unpasteurised dairy during this time.
The Khoobsurat actress admitted that her diet is gluten-free (“It’s easier on my gut”) and shared that she got her grains on by eating ready-to-eat cereals and cooked cereals, for iron and folic acid.
A well-balanced diet cannot be without its share of proteins. The actress’ choice of protein was beans, dals (pulses) and peas; nuts and seeds; chicken, lamb, salmon, trout, herring, sardines and pollock.
It goes without saying that hydration is key to good health, especially prenatally. The actress insists that liquids are the most important. “Water water water (sic),” she wrote.
Disclaimer: This is generic nutritional advice only that worked for Sonam Kapoor. You should consult a medical professional or a certified nutritionist before making any dietary changes, especially during pregnancy.