Every single fruit (and vegetable) is a great option. Over time, a lot of research has been done and it has shown that eating a minimum of four to five servings per day helps to boost one’s mood and reduce one’s risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Making healthful food choices is crucial for pregnant women as their diet will provide the fetus with the nutrients essential for his or her growth and development. Most people know that a healthy diet should contain plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthful fats. However, they may not realize that some specific fruits are particularly beneficial during pregnancy and some are just outrightly a big NO during Pregnancy.
One of the first things women learn when they’re pregnant is what they can and can’t eat. Though fruits are healthy and most recommended, some fruits are just not pregnant-woman friendly and if precautions aren’t taken while consuming them, they can cause vaginal bleeding and in worst cases, miscarriage as well. It can be due to the acidic contents of some fruits, enzymes and a whole lot of factors.
Fruits To Avoid During Pregnancy.
Papaya is known for its sweet, juicy flesh and it is a natural remedy for indigestion. Raw or semi-ripe papaya, contains latex which can induce premature contractions and this can be dangerous for your baby especially if you’re in your first trimester. It can lead to a miscarriage.
Also, papaya contains papain and one side effect of papain is to trigger early labour. It is best to totally avoid them during pregnancy. While the unripe/semi-ripe ones are best avoided, ripe papaya is rich in vitamins and iron. It is completely safe to consume the ripe ones but in controlled quantity.
While the unripe versions are best not eaten during pregnancy, ripe papayas, on the other hand, are completely safe.
As a matter of fact, ripe papayas contain many nutrients that are important for a healthy pregnancy, such as:
-potassium and vitamins A, B and C
Pineapple is known to contain bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein. One of its side effects is that bromelain may soften the cervix, which could lead to early labour. Over time, researchers have also shown that bromelain tablets are so potent in breaking down the protein that they even can cause irregular bleeding.
This can result in a miscarriage.
Pineapple is also notorious for causing diarrhoea and that can be very uncomfortable during pregnancy.
While grapes have high levels of vitamin A and C (which are important nutrients for pregnant mothers), there are a few reasons why you might want to steer clear from grapes in your first and final trimester.
Grapes are known to generate heat in the body which is not good for both the mother and the child. It can lead to discomfort and complications.
Grapes are often sprayed with pesticides that aren’t easily washed away. These pesticides may contribute to health complications in the fetus.
Another thing is the outer skin of grapes is rich in a compound called resveratrol. Although resveratrol is seen as a healthy nutrient, it could be toxic to pregnant women. This is because resveratrol can react with disproportionate hormone levels a pregnant woman might have. Also, its consumption may cause constipation as its skin is difficult to digest.
These are some fruits that shouldn’t be a part of your fruit bowl if you are pregnant.
Fruits To Include in Pregnancy Diet
Apricots contain vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, iron, potassium, beta carotene, phosphorus silicon etc.
All of these nutrients are important in the baby’s development and growth. Iron can prevent anaemia and calcium helps bones and teeth grow strong.
Pears are great sources of the following nutrients:
Getting a lot of fibre in a pregnancy diet can help ease constipation, a common pregnancy symptom.
Potassium can benefit heart health for both the woman and baby. It also stimulates cell regeneration.
Bananas contain high levels of:
The high fibre content of bananas can help with pregnancy-related constipation, and there is some evidence to suggest that vitamin B-6 can help relieve nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.
They’re also rich in carbohydrates, prevents anaemia and helps to maintain colon health.
Oranges are a perfect source of:
Water keeps you hydrated while the vitamin can help prevent cell damage and assist with iron absorption.
Folate can help prevent neural tube defects, which can cause brain and spinal cord abnormalities in a baby.
Avocados are an excellent source of:
-vitamins C, E, and K
-monounsaturated fatty acids
Avocados contain healthy fats that provide energy and help to prevent neural tube defects. They also boost the cells responsible for building the skin and brain tissues of the developing baby.
The potassium in this fruit can provide relief from leg cramps, another symptom that is common during pregnancy, particularly in the third trimester.
Apples are packed with nutrients to help a growing fetus. Some of the nutrients include the following:
-vitamins A and C
A researcher once found that eating apples while pregnant may reduce the likelihood of the baby developing asthma and allergies over time.
These are a few fruits that can be consumed during the pregnancy diet. It is ideal and wise to consume every fruit in moderate amount, once a day. This will in turn provide you and your baby the right kind of nutrients to help you both, especially the growing baby and keep their health in check.