Jakarta (ANTARA) – Obstetrics & Gynecology Consultant Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist Prof. DR. dr. Dwiana Ocviyanti, SpOG(K), MPH allows pregnant women to eat local dishes such as papeda or sago porridge as they are known by the Papuan people, by ensuring complete nutrition as needed.
“Women in Papua eat papeda, but fish for example. We just need to enrich it, there are no vegetables. The fish is okay, the papeda has no problem, it’s carbohydrates. But enriched with additional fruit and vegetables,” said he, who also serves as chairman. The Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) Working Group in a health webinar, quoted Wednesday.
Speaking of nutritional intake, Prof. Ocviyanti, who is a member of the Indonesian Obstetrics and Gynecology Association (POGI), advised pregnant women not to forget animal protein, for example from a relatively easy source, such as eggs.
According to him, animal protein can help increase hemoglobin (Hb) levels, an iron-rich protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body, thereby preventing anemia. Animal protein also helps increase Hb levels in anemia. Consumption of these nutrients must also be balanced with vegetables and fruit.
“Also for pregnant women, I advise that the easiest way to get is eggs. It is impossible to increase Hb if you are anemic without eating protein. Protein and vegetables must be balanced, because iron absorption requires vitamin C. I believe papaya and bananas are sources of vitamin C,” said Prof. Ocviyanti who also reminded the importance of how to cook good food.
Then, coinciding with the month of Ramadan, which requires Muslims to fast, pregnant women are also allowed to fast, but before that they need to consult a doctor, as the first brake. If the doctor allows then the mother can fast.
“The second brake is on the mother herself. If she feels unwell, weak, please break her fast because God provides an opportunity for pregnant women to replace their fast, pay fidiah,” said Prof. Ocviyanti.
When breaking the fast, don’t forget to get enough protein. Pregnant women can break their fast with green bean or red bean ice instead of doger ice.
“The amount of protein that comes in can’t be less, so breaking it should be smart. Breaking with real green beans, but not doger ice. Red bean ice it’s okay for pregnant women. For those who like warm-up, green beans, red beans are cooked, “so he ordered.