¤ ¤ OLIVE OIL ¤ ¤
A pregnant woman should not forego drinking olive oil as it makes her colour white, and clears her liver as well as that of her child.
¤ ¤ POMEGRANATE ¤ ¤
Highly recommended to be eaten before breakfast on Fridays.
Makes the child good (righteous).
Very good for easing nausea, anemia, jaundice, joint aches, blood pressure and piles.
Anyone who eats 1 pomegranate, their heart will be filled with Nūr (Noble light) and Satan will not whisper to them for 40 days.
¤ ¤ QAWOOT ¤ ¤
If eaten by both parents, it is a cause of strength and lack of stupidity, weak mindedness and foolishness in the child.
Feeding the child qawoot causes increase in strength, growth of the flesh, and firmness of the bones.
¤ ¤ QUINCEA ¤ ¤
Is a cause of strength of the heart, cleanliness of the stomach, clearness of the mind and bravery and beauty of the child.
Gives lustre to the heart, and cures the inner pains (with the permission of Allāh (SwT) ).
It has been narrated from Imām as-Ŝādiq (as) that a pregnant woman should eat quince, so that her child is more sweet smelling and his/her colour is purer.
It is narrated from Imām as-Ŝādiq (as) : “Make pregnant women eat quince, as it makes their children beautiful.”
It is narrated from the Prophet (S) : “Eating quince makes the colour of the skin clear and full of freshness, and makes the child of a person beautiful and healthy as well.''
Quince contains Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, magnesium and phosphorus.
¤ ¤ WATERMELON ¤ ¤
Makes the child cheerful and good natured.
It is narrated from the Prophet (S) : “No pregnant woman eats watermelon with cheese, except that her newborn child becomes beautiful and of a nice figure.”
¤ ¤ VARIOUS OTHER THINGS ¤ ¤
Eating almonds, bran rice, vegetables, black plums, fish, lentils, cabbage, lettuce, honey, beans, grapes, peaches, olive oil, hazel-nuts, nuts and dairy products (especially milk) is also beneficial during pregnancy.
Properties of some of the above-mentioned foods.
Hazel-nuts: Good for anaemia and colic (although not in excess).
White beans: Good for people whose work involves thinking.
Grapes: Fruit with the most calories. Removes weaknesses, cleans the blood and kidneys, removes acidity in the blood and provides energy.
Peaches: Contains iron, Vitamin B and C. Is very good for the liver and improves the colour of the face.
Almonds: Softens the chest, strengthens the bladder and cures burning when urinating. Contains phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulphur and iron. Almond oil contains Vitamin E.
Bran rice: Bran grains such as wheat, barley, millet and rice are an important source of Vitamin B. Bran rice whose outer skin (which contains the vitamin) has been removed leads to rheumatism and gout, increased hair fall or hair going white quickly.
Pregnant women are recommended not to eat too much of this type of rice, and to eat it with raw onion to make up for the lack of vitamins.
Black plums: Black and yellow plums contain Vitamins A, B and C, potassium, sodium, magnese oxide, carbohydrate, iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. They are good for curing rheumatism, gout, clogging of arteries and food-poisoning. When eaten in the morning on an empty stomach, it is beneficial for chronic constipation.
Lentils: Good for anaemia and increases milk. Contains Vitamins A, B and C, phosphorus, iron and calcium. Over-eating can lead to darkness of the eyes and menstruation problems; however, eating sesame oil and cooking it with beetroot leaf can neutralise these effects.
Cabbage: Contains Vitamins A, B and C, and is a cure for all illnesses. Is also good for sleeplessness and heaviness of the ear (i.e. when one does not hear well). Increases the growth of the child and heals hemorrhoidal injuries.
Lettuce: Extract of lettuce contains iron and magnesium. In itself, the lettuce contains copper and is beneficial for the liver. The magnesium contained is beneficial for muscles, nerves and the brain. Increases resistance to infectious diseases.
Turnip: Contains Vitamins A, B and C, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iodine and sulphur. Strengthens the light of the eye, and because of the Vitamin A, cures night blindness. Softens the chest and cures coughs and colds. Prevents and cures black leprosy. The sulphur along with Vitamin A prevents or reduces stones in the bladder. Brings down blood pressure and is also beneficial for strengthening the ovaries and sexual stimulation.
Because of its properties, turnips (and its syrup/jam) are recommended to pregnant and breastfeeding women for the development of the child, easy teething, firming of the bones, walking and talking quickly and resistance against illnesses.
(Syrup: Make a hole in the middle of the turnip, fill it with sugar and let it liquidise. This is a good balm for the chest and can also be fed to children.)
Fresh air and plenty of oxygen are vital for the development of a healthy child