How To Prepare Okra Water For Pregnancy

Okra water is a traditional remedy used to treat many ailments, such as nausea during pregnancy. It has several important health benefits, including lowering blood pressure and helping to maintain healthy skin and hair. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, here’s how to prepare okra water at home:

Okra water for pregnancy is a natural remedy for nausea and other pregnancy-related issues. You can prepare this beverage by cutting fresh okra pods into pieces and soaking them in water overnight. In addition to being a delicious beverage, okra water has many health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, maintaining healthy skin and hair, etc.

Okra water for pregnancy is a natural remedy for nausea and other pregnancy-related issues. You can prepare this beverage by cutting fresh okra pods into pieces and soaking them in water overnight. In addition to being a delicious beverage, okra water has many health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, maintaining healthy skin and hair, etc.

The benefits of drinking this beverage during pregnancy are numerous: it helps relieve morning sickness, nausea, constipation and other common ailments associated with early pregnancy. It also helps control weight gain during this stage of life while supporting liver functions to eliminate toxins from your body.

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh okra (washed, dried and cut into small pieces)
  • Spring water (if you don’t want to use spring water, you can use any other type of plain water)
  • Glass container or bottles with plastic wrap or cling wrap

Subsection: Fresh okra

To prepare okra water, you’ll need to get the freshest okra possible. Find a farmer’s market or grocery store that sells local produce and buy some there. You may also be able to find fresh okra at your local farmer’s market, but if not, don’t worry—even frozen will work just fine for this recipe.

Okra is not a fruit; it’s actually a vegetable in the mallow family (along with cotton and hibiscus). Its pods are green on the outside and white on the inside. Okra contains vitamins A, C and K as well as folate and magnesium—it’s one of nature’s most nutritious foods!

Subsection: 2 cups of spring water

2 cups of spring water:

When you’re pregnant, it’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. However, the type of water you drink can have a significant impact on how you feel during your pregnancy. Spring water is best because it contains minerals that help your body produce healthy enzymes and hormones. Tap water should be avoided because it contains chlorine and lead. If bottled spring water isn’t available for some reason (or if you don’t trust the quality), filtered tap water will suffice as long as it doesn’t contain added fluoride or chlorine. The ideal vessel for storing this homemade drink is glass; however, many women find plastic preferable since it’s less fragile than glass and won’t break if dropped onto hard flooring surfaces like tile or wood floors. If neither option is available at home or in public places like restaurants and cafes where only cold drinks are served, use whatever container holds 2 cups (or about 4 ounces) of liquid without spilling over onto other containers nearby—you may even want to go ahead with using plastic as opposed to risking having several cups spill out onto other items in your bag!

Directions:

  • Rinse okra with spring water.
  • Cut the okra into small pieces before putting it in a glass container.
  • Cover the container with cling wrap or plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning, remove any leftover liquid from your okra by straining it through a tea strainer or cheesecloth.

Subsection: Rinse the okra thoroughly with spring water.

  • Rinse the okra thoroughly with spring water.
  • Use cold water and a clean cloth or paper towel to gently scrub the okra to remove any dirt, sand, or other debris from its surface. Be careful not to break open any of its pods as you do so; this could cause contamination of your water.
  • Do not use soap or hot tap water for cleaning; these can destroy beneficial bacteria present on the plant’s skin and in its hairs that help make it more digestible by humans.

Subsection: Cut the pods into small pieces and put them in a glass container along with the water. Cover it with cling wrap or plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Cut the pods into small pieces.
  • Put them in a glass container along with the water.
  • Cover it with cling wrap or plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator overnight.

Subsection: Strain out the liquid in the morning and discard the pieces of okra. The liquid is your okra water to drink.

  • Strain the liquid in the morning and discard the pieces of okra. The liquid is your okra water to drink.
  • Drink it! The best time to drink it is in the morning when you wake up, as soon as you can after waking up. You can also drink it before bedtime or during work if you find that helpful for your digestion and other symptoms.

Homemade okra water is one of the best remedies for nausea during pregnancy as well as several other health benefits.

Okra water, also known as ogbono or karawo is a natural remedy that has been used for centuries throughout Africa to heal various disorders.

Okra water is an excellent way to help with nausea during pregnancy. Some women find that they experience nausea regardless of what they eat and drink, even after eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.

Other benefits of okra water include:

  • It can be used as a facial toner or face wash because it helps remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of your skin, leaving it soft and smooth. This is especially important for people with dry or oily skin who have problems with acne breakouts (as long as you’re not allergic).
  • It also helps reduce wrinkles on older women by improving circulation around their eyes because it contains vitamin B3 (niacin) which prevents oxidation in cells; this means less inflammation from sun exposure!

Conclusion

Since okra water is a natural remedy, it doesn’t have any side effects. It can be taken by pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness and other ailments associated with pregnancy. The antioxidants present in okra water also help to maintain healthy heart function and fight against free radicals that cause cancer. Okra is an excellent source of vitamins B6, C, D, and E which aid in protecting the body against diseases like diabetes as well as breast cancer. The high levels of magnesium found in this vegetable are essential for proper bone development and healthy blood pressure levels during pregnancy.

Can a Pregnant Woman Drink Okra?

Okra is a plant that is valued all over Africa for it’s medicinal properties. It is a good source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. The plant is a notable part of the cuisine of the typical African home. Initially okra was used by Ancient Africans to thicken their soups and stews but as time went on they discovered other uses for the wonder plant.

How African Women Use Okra Water to Boost Ovulation

Okra Water to boost ovulation

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Brief History of Okra

Biologically classified as a fruit, okra is generally utilized in Africa like a vegetable in cooking.

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Nobody knows for sure where okra first appeared, but Scientists believe the cultivation of the okra plant began as early as 12th century BC in the African country of Ethiopia.

Okra was also mentioned by a Spanish Moor who visited Egypt in 1216 (likely brought in by traders from Ethiopia and the Sudan).

Okra Water to Boost Ovulation
The Moors, – a term for Black Muslims of Northwest Africa during the medieval era – called okra pods “sun vessels.” They believed that the ripened seeds contained therapeutic properties, which, once consumed, would remain in a man’s body forever.

Initially okra was used by Ancient West Africans to thicken their soups and stews but as time went on they discovered other uses for the wonder plant. One of which was using okra water to boost ovulation and today the practice is still very much alive in some parts of Africa.

Okra Water for Ovulation

Okra Water to Boost OvulationThere are different ways African women go about using okra to boost ovulation, one is by using it together with stock fish, meat, ponmo, crayfish, pepper, salt, seasoning cubes and red oil to prepare a sumptuous pot of soup, the second is by immersing the okra in water and leaving it covered overnight to be drank the next morning.

It is believed that Okra water encourages the release of more than one egg during ovulation and increases the chances of a lady having multiple births. Apart from okra water, it is believed that okra leaves ‘ewe ilasa’ also boosts ovulation and fertility.

How African Women Use Okra Water to Boost Ovulation
Igbo-ora ilasa native soup

The “ewe ilasa” is used in preparing the Ilasa native soup, peculiar to the Igbo-Ora people of Oyo state. and it has been suggested to be responsible for the high rate of twinning among women in Igbo-ora community.

The rate of twin births in the Igbo-ora community is about four times higher than in the rest of the world.

Research into multiple births carried out at Lagos’s University Teaching Hospital has suggested that a high level of a chemical found in the Igbo-ora women and the okra leaves could account for the high level of multiple births.

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Numerous works has also shown that okra leaves which is central to the Igbo-ora peoples diet, contains a very large amount of these chemical substances. These women have a disproportionately large amount of these chemicals in their system and this encourages the release of more than one egg.

How to Prepare Okra Water For Ovulation

Okra Water to Boost OvulationYou don’t really need a recipe because you can make it to taste anyway you like. However, here is a rough guideline.

Buy okra from the market, wash it and then dice the okra into desired shapes and immerse it in water over night, drink the water first thing in the morning that’s after you must have separated the okro from the water.

okra water for twins

Okra Water for Male Fertility

Despite its nutritional and medicinal values, too much consumption of okra may have injurious effects in men so therefore if you are trying for a child as a man okra should not be on your diet. Studies have shown that the seeds of okra contain a toxic compound called gossypol or a gossypol-like compound which when consumed frequently can stimulate infertility in many animals including men by irreversibly blocking the development of the sperm cells within the male testes. It also decreases sperm count, sperm motility, decreases testosterone level and testicular weight, and testicular tissue etc. These detrimental effects may subsequently reduce male fertility or cause male infertility.

On the other hand scientists recommended high consumption of okra (by women) during pregnancy because it promotes healthy pregnancy as well as reduces the rate of birth defects. In addition, okra was reported to be essential for the fetus’ brain.

Other Uses Of Okra

okra water benefitsRaw okra is rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K, with moderate contents of thiamin, folate and magnesium (table). Okra also provides iron, niacin, phosphorus, copper, and a rich source of antioxidants.

Medical Uses
Okra study found that okra increases fiber intake, promotes better glycemic control, and improves insulin sensitivity. Foods high in Okra also lower cholesterol levels, according to The American Heart Association.

The vitamin C in okra also helps support healthy immune function.

Okra can also be used in Fighting Cancer

Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that can prevent or even repair cell damage that can lead to illness.

Okra contains antioxidants (natural compounds that help your body fight off molecules called free radicals that can damage cells) which may inhibit cancer cell growth in humans. Studies using concentrated compounds from okra showed they inhibited the growth of breast cancer cells by up to 63%. Further research is needed for definitive proof of okra’s cancer-blocking properties.

Okra Supports Heart and Brain Health

The antioxidants in okra may also benefit your brain by reducing brain inflammation. Also, the thick, gel-like substance found in okra can bind with cholesterol during digestion so it is passed from the body. An eight-week study conducted on mice showed lower blood cholesterol levels after they were fed a high-fat diet containing okra powder.

Okra helps Control Blood Sugar

Various studies have shown okra may help control blood sugar levels.

In one study, rats given purified okra and liquid sugar had fewer blood sugar spikes than rats in the control group. More evidence is needed to confirm that okra helps control blood sugar levels in humans.

Prenatal Support

One cup of okra has 15% of the daily value of folate, a helpful nutrient for pregnant women. Folate helps reduce the risk of miscarriage and neural tube defects, which can affect the brain and spine of developing fetuses.

Okra is also a good source of:

Magnesium, Folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6.

16 Natural Ways to Boost Fertility

17 Natural Ways to Boost Fertility

Fertility issues affect up to 15 percentTrusted Source of couples. The road to parenthood can sometimes be a huge challenge, but know you’re not alone in those challenges.

Luckily, there are a few natural ways to increase your fertility. In fact, food choices and lifestyle changes can help boost fertility.

Here are 16 natural ways to boost fertility and get pregnant faster.

1. Eat foods rich in antioxidants

Antioxidants like folate and zinc may improve fertility for both men and women. They deactivate the free radicals in your body, which can damage both sperm and egg cells.

One 2012 study of young, adult men found that eating 75 grams of antioxidant-rich walnuts per day improved sperm quality.

studyTrusted Source of 232 women showed that higher folate intake was associated with higher rates of implantation, clinical pregnancy, and live birth.

The jury is still out on how much antioxidants will or won’t affect fertility, but there’s evidence pointing to the potential.

Foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains are packed full of beneficial antioxidants like vitamins C and E, folate, beta carotene, and lutein. Eating more of these healthy foods shouldn’t hurt in the effort.

2. Eat a bigger breakfast

Eating a substantial breakfast may help women with fertility problems.

One study found that eating a larger breakfast may improve the hormonal effects of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a major cause of infertility.

For moderate weight women with PCOS, eating most of their calories at breakfast reduced insulin levels by 8 percent and testosterone levels by 50 percent. High levels of either can contribute to infertility.

In addition, by the end of the 12-week study, these women had ovulated more than women who ate a smaller breakfast and larger dinner, suggesting improved fertility.

However, it’s important to note that increasing the size of your breakfast without reducing the size of your evening meal is likely to lead to weight gain.

Check out these ideas for healthy, delish breakfast options if you need some inspiration.

3. Avoid trans fats

Eating healthy fats every day is important for boosting fertility and overall health.

However, trans fats are associated with an increased risk of ovulatory infertility, due to their negative effects on insulin sensitivity.

Trans fats are commonly found in hydrogenated vegetable oils and are usually present in some margarine, fried foods, processed products, and baked goods. Some of the faves, we know.

Studies have found that a diet higher in trans fats and lower in unsaturated fats was linked to infertility for both men and womenTrusted Source.

4. Cut down on carbs if you have PCOS

Following a lower carb eating plan (where less than 45 percent of calories come from carbs) is generally recommended for women with PCOS.

Several studies have indicated that managing carb intake provides beneficial effects on some aspects of PCOS.

Lower carb diets may help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce insulin levels, and encourage fat loss, all while helping menstrual regularity.

Here’s a primer on how to eat fewer carbs in a healthy way.

5. Eat fewer refined carbs

Speaking of carbs: It’s not just the amount of carbs that’s important, but also the type.

Refined carbs may be especially problematic. Refined carbs include sugary foods and drinks and processed grains, including white pasta, bread, and rice.

These carbs are absorbed very quickly, causing spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Refined carbs also have a high glycemic index (GI). The GI tells you if a carbohydrate-dense food will raise your blood sugar significantly.

Insulin is chemically similar to ovarian hormones. These hormones help our eggs mature. Consistent elevated insulin can cause the body to produce fewer reproductive hormones because it thinks it doesn’t need it. This can contribute to a lack of egg maturation and ovulation.

Given that PCOS is associated with high insulin levels, refined carbs can make it even worse.

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6. Eat more fiber

Fiber helps your body get rid of excess hormones and keeps blood sugar balanced. Certain types of fiber can help remove excess estrogen by binding to it in the intestines. The excess estrogen is then removed from the body as a waste product.

One older 2009 studyTrusted Source associated soluble fiber, such as from avocados, sweet potatoes, oats, and fruits, with lower levels of estrogen and progesterone. Soluble fiber from fruit especially had the strongest association with lower concentrations of estrogen.

Some examples of high fiber foods are whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans. The daily recommended intake of fiber for women is 25 grams per day and 31 grams for menTrusted Source.

One 2009 study found that eating 10 grams more cereal fiber per day was associated with a 44 percent lower riskTrusted Source of ovulatory infertility among women older than 32 years.

However, the evidence on fiber is still mixed. Another study of 250 women aged 18 to 44 showed that increasing fiber by 5 g per day decreased hormone concentrationsTrusted Source with a higher probability of anovulation (when ovulation doesn’t take place).

Check with your doctor on your current fiber intake to see if you should be eating more.

7. Swap protein sources

Replacing some animal proteins (such as meat, fish, and eggs) with vegetable protein sources (such as beans, nuts, and seeds) is linked to a reduced risk of infertility.

A study showed that when 5 percent of total calories came from vegetable protein instead of animal protein, the risk of ovulatory infertility decreased by more than 50 percentTrusted Source.

A 2018 study concluded that eating more fishTrusted Source correlates to a higher probability of live birth following infertility treatment.

Consider replacing some of the proteins in your diet with protein from vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts, and low mercury fish. Try this coconut chickpea curry for a protein-filled dinner.

8. Choose high fat dairy

High intakes of low fat dairy foods may increase the risk of infertility, whereas high fat dairy foods may decrease it.

One large study from 2007 looked at the effects of eating high fat dairy more than once a day or less than once a week.

It found that women who consumed one or more servings of high fat dairy per day were 27 percent less likely to be infertile.

To reap these potential benefits, try replacing one low fat dairy serving per day with one high fat dairy serving, such as a glass of whole milk or full fat yogurt.

This buffalo chicken dip made with full-fat Greek yogurt is divine.

9. Add in a multivitamin

If you take multivitamins, you may be less likely to experience ovulatory infertility.

In fact, an estimated 20 percentTrusted Source of ovulatory infertility may be avoided if women consume 3 or more multivitamins per week. Micronutrients found in vitamins have essential rolesTrusted Source in fertility.

For women trying to get pregnant, a multivitamin containing folate may be especially beneficial.

Have a chat with your doctor about supplements including any multivitamins that could help get you closer to pregnancy.

10. Get active

Exercise has many benefits for your health, including increased fertility. Increasing moderate physical activity has positive effectsTrusted Source on fertility for women and men, especially those with obesity.

The trick is that moderation is key. Excessive high intensity exercise has actually been associatedTrusted Source with decreased fertility in certain women.

Excessive exercise may change the energy balance in the body, and negatively affect your reproductive system. If you plan to increase your activity, add it gradually and make sure your healthcare team is aware.

See if your doctor is in favor of you adding these yoga poses to your routine.

11. Take time to relax

If you’re trying to conceive, stress is probably on the menu, too. As your stress levels increase, your chances of getting pregnant decrease. This is likely due to the hormonal changes that occur when you feel stressed.

Research on the links between stress and fertility are mixedTrusted Source, but there’s evidence that stress can suppress fertility.

Receiving support and counseling may reduce anxiety and depression levels, and increase your chances of becoming pregnant. And don’t forget to take time for you.

12. Cut the caffeine

The association between caffeine and fertility isn’t very conclusive.

One older 1997 study suggests that women who consume more than 500 milligrams of caffeine daily take up to 9 1/2 months longerTrusted Source to get pregnant.

However, other studiesTrusted Source did not find a strong link between caffeine intake and an increased risk of infertility.

Consider limiting your caffeine intake to one or two cups of coffee per day to be on the safe side. Give these non-coffee options a try.

13. Aim for a healthy weight

Weight is one of the most influential factors when it comes to fertility for men and women. In fact, being either underweight or overweight is associated with increased infertility.

This is because the amount of fat stored in your body influences menstrual function. Having obesity especially is associated with lack of ovulation and menstrual irregularity but also with impaired egg development.

To improve your chances of getting pregnant, work with your healthcare provider to try to lose weight if you’re overweight and gain weight if you’re underweight. They can help you do it in a healthy and sustainable way.

14. Check those iron levels

It’s time to start pumping iron. The supplement kind, that is. Consuming iron supplements and non-heme iron, which comes from plant-based foods, may decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility.

recent 2019 study concluded that heme iron (from animal sources) had no effect on fertility and non-heme only had some benefit for women who already had iron deficiency.

More evidence is needed to confirm whether iron supplements should be recommended to all women, especially if iron levels are already healthy. But making sure your iron levels are solid with your doctor is a good step.

Non-heme iron sources are more difficult for your body to absorb, so try taking them with foods or drinks high in vitamin C to increase absorption.

15. Avoid excess alcohol

Alcohol consumption can negatively affect fertility. However, it’s unclear how much alcohol is needed to cause this effect.

One 2016 study found that having more than 14 alcoholic drinks per weekTrusted Source was associated with a longer time to get pregnant.

An older 2004 studyTrusted Source involving 7,393 women found that a high alcohol intake was associated with more infertility examinations.

However, the evidence on moderate alcohol consumption is mixed. One older studyTrusted Source found no link between moderate consumption and infertility, while other studies report that moderate intake can affect fertility.

Ultimately, avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol is recommended. Talk to you doctor about your own intake to ensure the best outcome for you.

16. Natural supplements

Certain natural supplements have been linked to increased fertility, especially in animal studies. Always check with your doctor before taking of natural supplements as efficacy in humans has not been well studied.

Examples include:

  • Maca: Maca comes from a plant grown in central Peru. Some animal studies found it improved fertility, but results from human studies are mixed. Some report improvements to sperm qualityTrusted Source, while others find no effectTrusted Source.
  • Bee pollen: Bee pollen has been linked to improved immunity, fertility, and overall nutrition. One animal studyTrusted Source found that consuming bee pollen was linked to improved sperm quality and male fertility. However, human studies are still needed.
  • Bee propolis: A study of women with endometriosis found that taking bee propolis twice a day resulted in a 40 percent greater chance of becoming pregnant after 9 months. More studies are needed.
  • Royal jelly: Royal jelly, which is also made by bees, is packed with amino acids, lipids, sugars, vitamins, fatty acids, iron, and calcium. Animal studiesTrusted Source found it may improve reproductive health in rats.

Takeaway

Good nutrition is vital for a healthy body and reproductive system and to help you become pregnant.

Eating a nutritious diet and making positive lifestyle changes can help boost fertility and prepare your body for pregnancy. Plus, it’s just helpful to you all around.

If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s important that you begin making healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices today. But don’t let stress and worry get you down. Talk to your healthcare team to find the best choices for you.

Quick tips for increasing fertility naturally

  • Taking an antioxidant supplement or eating antioxidant-rich foods can improve fertility rates, especially among men with infertility.
  • Some studies suggest that eating more calories at breakfast and fewer at your evening meal can improve fertility.
  • To boost fertility levels, avoid foods high in trans fats. Eat foods rich in healthy fats instead, such as extra virgin olive oil.
  • Eating a diet high in refined carbs may raise insulin levels, which may increase the risk of infertility and make it harder to get pregnant.
  • Eating more protein from vegetable sources, instead of animal sources, may improve fertility levels in women.
  • Replacing low fat dairy products with high fat versions may help improve fertility and increase your chances of getting pregnant.
  • Taking a multivitamin may help boost fertility if you’re not getting all the nutrients you need from your diet.
  • A sedentary lifestyle is linked to infertility, and exercise can improve fertility. However, exercising too much can have the opposite effect.
  • High stress and anxiety levels can reduce your chances of conception. Managing your stress level can increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
  • Being either underweight or overweight can reduce your chances of becoming pregnant.
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Okra, commonly known as lady’s finger, is a rich source of folate. This post highlights the benefits of okra during pregnancy. Folate is the natural form of folic acid, which is one of the essential nutrients for pregnancy. This prenatal vitamin helps prevent congenital disabilities such as neural tube defects in babies. Okra is also known to help manage blood sugar levels. Read on to know more about the benefits of having okra while pregnant, and interesting ways in which you can include the vegetable in your daily meal.

Is Okra Good For Pregnancy?

Yes, okra is a nutritious pod vegetable that is good to eat during pregnancy. It is rich in fiber, folic acid, protein, carbohydrate, Vitamin C, B3, and K, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus. Whether you eat it boiled, stewed, fried or pickled, you will be able to benefit from the nutrients it has (1).

What Are The Benefits Of Okra During Pregnancy?

The nutrients present in okra are very beneficial for pregnancy and aid in the healthy development of the baby. Read on to know more about the benefits that okra has to offer.

  1. Contain vitamin C: Vitamin C helps in the absorption of iron, which promotes the growth of the baby. It also boosts immunity of the mother and promotes the development of skin, bones, and capillaries in the baby (2).
  1. High in folate: Okra is a potent source of folate, which lowers the risk of birth defects in the baby. It also boosts the metabolism of carbs, protein and fat, and helps synthesize DNA and red blood cells (3).
  2. A source of antioxidants: The major antioxidants in okra include carotenoids, phenolic compounds, vitamins C and E. They promote the mother’s and baby’s immune system, and therefore lower the chances of any infections and cardiovascular issues (1).
  1. Contain fiber: Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, okra helps in abating constipation during pregnancy. Soluble fiber works to lower blood cholesterol and treats diabetes, and insoluble fiber promotes digestion (4).

Okra is not known to cause any side effects during pregnancy, which makes it a vegetable that you must include in your diet during pregnancy.

Keep reading for a breakdown of the nutrients in this vegetable.

Nutritional Value Of Okra

Nutrients present in 100 grams of okra are as follows (4):

NUTRIENTAMOUNT
Calories33kcal
Water89.58g
Carbohydrates7.45g
Sugars1.48g
Protein1.93g
Fiber3.2g
Fat0.19g
VITAMINS
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)0.200mg
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)0.060mg
Niacin (Vitamin B3)1mg
Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6)0.215mg
Folic acid (Vitamin B9)60mcg
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)23mg
Retinol (Vitamin A)716U
Alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E)0.27mg
Phylloquinone (Vitamin K)31.3mcg
ELECTROLYTES
Potassium299mg
Sodium7mg
MINERALS
Calcium82mg
Iron0.62mg
Phosphorus61mg
Magnesium57mg
Zinc0.58mg
LIPIDS
Total saturated fatty acids0.026g
Total monounsaturated fatty acids0.017g
Total polyunsaturated fatty acids0.027g

g=grams; mg=milligrams; mcg=micrograms

In the following section, we tell you how to include okra in your pregnancy diet, along with a few easy recipes that you can try.

Ways To Include Okra In Pregnancy Diet

Here are some tips and precautions for including okra in your diet.

  • Rinse okra thoroughly before cooking it. It minimizes any risk of infection.
  • Cook on low flame to prevent loss of nutrients.
  • Make delicious finger food by slitting the vegetable in half, coating with gram flour and frying in oil.
  • Frying sliced okra, coated with breadcrumbs, is another way to consume okra.
  • Crush two okras and soak in a glass of water overnight. Consume the water next morning for detoxification and regulating cholesterol levels.

Some Simple Pregnancy-Friendly Recipes You May Try

1. Okra stew

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Simmered in tomato sauce with cilantro and garlic, this is a flavorful okra stew you will love.

You will need

  • 1 lb okra
  • 4 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 3 medium-sized onions
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1½ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Red pepper powder to taste

How to make

  1. Boil water over high flame. Cook tomatoes for one minute, and transfer them into another bowl of cold water. Peel and chop.
  2. Add oil to the wide pan, and add onions. Cook until they turn soft. Add tomatoes, water, cilantro, salt and red pepper.
  3. Stir occasionally until the mixture becomes saucy.
  4. Add okra, occasionally stir until they turn tender.
  5. Top with cilantro leaves and you can serve either warm or cold.

Preparation time: 1 hour
Servings: 6

2. Grilled okra

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A scrumptious yet straightforward okra recipe that makes a great addition to your meal.

You will need

  • 1lb okra
  • 2tsp olive oil
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

How to make

  1. Put the okra in a grill basket.
  2. Apply olive oil, and place on a grill that is preheated to 450°F.
  3. Cook until the peel starts to caramelize, and then turn onto the other side.
  4. Once done, remove and sprinkle salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
  5. Eat when it is warm.

Preparation time: 15min
Servings: 6

Next, we answer a few commonly asked queries about eating okra during pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Will consuming okra help during labor?

It is believed that okra will increase the chances of easy labor and delivery, but there is no scientific evidence supporting the claim.

2. Does okra cause miscarriage?

No, okra is not known to cause miscarriage and is a safe addition to your pregnancy diet.

3. Is pickled okra safe to eat during pregnancy?

Yes, pickled okra is safe as long as you take in moderation.

Okra is almost without any side effects. You can include it every day in your diet with no worry. In case, you notice any allergic reaction to the vegetable, stop its consumption and consult your doctor.

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Consuming lady’s finger or okra during pregnancy can enrich your diet with folate essential for fetal neuronal development. Lady’s finger is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber which supports the increased nutritional requirements when pregnant. In addition, its water-soluble fiber content aids digestion and helps manage diabetes. Taking okra water is also found to regulate cholesterol. You may include okra in the diet in the form of stew, fry, or roast. Okra also helps ease the process of childbirth, though the claim lacks scientific evidence.

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