Recently, I read an article stating that eating fruits during pregnancy is a sure shot way to produce a healthy baby, though it did mention that its excess may lead to increased sugar levels in mommies and babies too. So a balanced amount of fruits should be included in expectant mother’s diet. We have also heard that eating some fruits during pregnancy may lead to different complications or even miscarriages so here’s a list of fruits, which are considered good and risky during those nine months.
Ten Good Fruits
Mango: The king of all fruits Mango is the delicious and healthy choice for a pregnant woman. It contains Vitamin A and C and helps in regulating digestion and reduces constipation.
Watermelon: This juicy fruit is loaded with minerals and is a rich source of Vitamin A, C, B6, Magnesium and Potassium. In summers, this fibrous fruit keeps you hydrated and also reduces heart burn during pregnancy.
Apple: An apple is a rich source of Vitamin A, D, E, Iron, Calcium and Zinc. Its benefits are numerous. So, I have written a separate post for this. Do read its benefits.
Sweet Lime (Mosambi): It provides cooling effect to the body and fulfills liquid requirements of the body during pregnancy. It alleviates morning sickness and fights nausea, common problems faced by expectant mother. It also removes toxins from the body.
Chikoo (Sapodilla): This fruit offers multiple health benefits and is full of Electrolytes, Vitamin A, Carbohydrates and Energy. It is considered perfect fruit for lactating mothers and also helps in dealing with dizziness and nausea during pregnancy.
Banana: This is the healthiest fruit to have during pregnancy. It helps in reducing constipation and is loaded with Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Magnesium, etc. My Doctor suggested me to eat one banana a day during first-trimester of my pregnancy.
Pomegranate: This is the nature’s gift to pregnant woman. This fruit is full of nutrients and vitamins that are required by an expectant mother. It has Vitamin C, Calcium, Folate, Iron, Protein and Energy. It can be consumed as a whole fruit or as juice.
Kiwi: Kiwis are tasty and are loaded with health benefits. They contain Vitamin A, C and E, Folic Acid, Dietary Fiber, Potassium, Phosphorus and Magnesium. A Kiwi a day prevents cough, cold and wheezing problems. It is also known to have healing effects on human respiratory system.
Guava: Guava is a rich source of Vitamin C and the major benefit of eating it during pregnancy is its property of controlling high blood pressure and regulating blood sugar level of an expectant mother. It is a powerhouse of nutrients but eating this fruit in excess may lead to some major health problems. Do read a separate article on it.
Strawberries: A great snacking option for a pregnant lady that is rich in Vitamins, Fiber and Folate content. The other nutrients such as Manganese and Potassium aid in the growth of stronger bones for the baby.
The above mentioned fruits are my personal favorites and are easily available in the market. Some other excellent fruit choices are:
- Raspberries and blackberries
- Custard Apples
Risky Fruit Options:
Papaya: If you are eating an unripe or semi-ripe papaya then it may lead to miscarriage or early labor; it is because of its high latex content that causes uterine contractions. On the other hand, a fully ripe papaya contains Vitamin C and other important nutrients and is a boon for an expectant mother as it promotes digestion and reduces constipation and heart-burn problems of a pregnant woman.
Pineapple: An enzyme Bromelain present in Pineapple can cause softening of the cervix when eaten during pregnancy and thus leads to early labor. It is okay if you eat few slices just for taste but excess of it is harmful for a pregnant woman. During first trimester, it is advisable to avoid eating it completely.
Grapes: Eating grapes during pregnancy is a controversial subject. Some say it is totally safe to eat while others say it can have severe health-effects, when eaten during pregnancy. Though it is a rich source of Vitamin A and C but because of high amount of Resveratrol present in it can lead to allergic problems (bellyache, coughing, vomiting, dry throat, sore throat, and headache) in pregnant woman. So to be on the safer side, this fruit is usually avoided in pregnancy.
Words of caution: Avoid eating unwashed fruits, rinse them thoroughly before gorging on them; do not use any detergent solution to clean, just wash them off under running tap water; dry and cut them properly, cut away the damaged part and eat them in balanced quantity as suggested by your Gynecologist. Do make sure, you eat them on daily basis because they have all the important nutrients required by your unborn baby but do not forget to take your supplements as well because they alone can’t make up the nutrient requirements of you and your baby.
Have a safe and happy eating!