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Fruits to eat during pregnancy

February 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Vegetarian Mommie in Nutrition

How Do You Choose The Best Fruits To Eat During Pregnancy?

Imagine you’re standing at a magnificent table stacked high with all the best fruits to eat during pregnancy. Finally, you fill a bowl.
Your hand slowly drops to your stomach. The new life growing inside seems to sense your your hesitation …

Are these the best fruits to eat during pregnancy?

When You’re Pregnant Aren’t You Supposed To Be Eating For Two?
Get ready for a big surprise.
No … you’re not!
It’s true that your baby benefits from food intake all day long. But most experts believe that proper nutrition is more about adding the right nutrients to your diet and not eating extra food.

A Very, Very Important Fact About The Best Fruits To Eat During Pregnancy

It’s absolutely necessary that you eat a healthy and balanced diet during your pregnancy.
“That goes without saying,” you remark. And I have to agree with you.
When I was carrying both of our girls, I had many long discussions with my doctor about my diet and what it meant to my unborn baby. His consistent, thought provoking advice was to eat foods containing Vitamins A, B, C, Folate, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Calcium, and Protein.
“Don’t forget the fruits,” he always called as I got up to leave.
A balanced diet, so often taken for granted, is made up of vegetables, fruits, healthy drinks, and a good vegetarian protein.

Let’s Take a Look At The Top 5 Fruits To Eat During Pregnancy

Right now, after giving birth to my two beautiful daughters, the best piece of advice I can give you is …
Discuss everything with your doctor — especially your diet.
With that in mind, here are the top 5 fruits to eat during pregnancy …

1. Avocados
Without any doubt, Avocados are amongst the best fruits in nature’s garden. One of the richest sources of folic acid, Avocados are highly beneficial for the development of your baby’s organs. An added benefit is the folic acid helps prevent morning sickness, anaemia, lethargy, and mood swings (your partner will love you for that).
Avocados are also full of valuable calcium which your baby needs to develop strong bones.
But the big news is Avocados are a storehouse of vitamins C, B, E, and K. Eating a few slices daily can help prevent iron deficiency in pregnant women.

2. Papaya
Papaya is also one of the best fruits to eat during pregnancy because it contains vitamin C, folate, potassium, and essential fibre … all absolutely vital for the healthy development of your baby.
Here’s one you may not know.
Including fresh Papaya in your diet during pregnancy can go a long way to prevent heartburn (something I wish I had known at the start of my first pregnancy).
However, dieticians strongly recommend you only eat ripe Papaya. Unripe they contain a form of latex which can lead to uterine contractions.
The skin and seeds of the fruit should also be avoided.

3. Bananas
Bananas are a rich source of vitamin B, C, potassium, and fibre. Dieticians believe that
including Bananas in your diet during the first trimester can help prevent nausea.
Vitamin B6 in Bananas helps speed up the formation of red blood cells and is also so
helpful in developing your baby’s brain and nervous system.
Because they are rich in fibre, Bananas help prevent stomach disorders and improve
digestion. This is such an enormous help when you’re struggling with all those
pregnancy problems that seem to continually weigh you down.
Eating a banana as part of your daily diet can also help prevent constipation, a common
problem for most women when they are pregnant.
Because Bananas are such a valuable source of so many health benefits, most dieticians
are of the opinion Bananas are definitely one of the best fruits to eat during pregnancy
first trimester.

4. Mangos
Mango, definitely one of the most delicious summer fruits, is a must inclusion in our
list of fruits to eat during pregnancy. Rich in iron, Mango helps cure anaemia during
pregnancy.
One of the really big benefits of Mangos is they provide a natural remedy for blood
pressure control. They also hold powerful enzymes that improves digestion and
prevents heartburn, which is an unwelcome problem during any pregnancy.

5. Grapes
Many pregnant women think grapes are not one of the best fruits to eat during pregnancy.
This is incorrect.
Grapes are very rich in vitamin A which makes them very effective in stabilizing your
metabolic rate during pregnancy.
Containing potassium, magnesium, folate, and sodium puts Grapes right up there with
all the other fruits in our selection for pregnant women.

What Does All This Mean?

A healthy pregnancy should be one of the most beautiful times of any woman’s life.
To make that a reality, you need to provide your body with all the essential nutrients
because your baby relies on your choices to be healthy.
It’s important to steer clear of negative myths and listen to the right advice.
Once again, and I’ll yell it from the rooftops, it’s so important to discuss with your
doctor, and take his advice, before you make any changes to your diet.
Your reward is better health for both you and your baby.

The Next Step

If you have any questions about how to have a healthy vegetarian pregnancy, please
email me directly using the link in the footer (it’s right at the bottom of the page)
and let me know how I can help.
And don’t forget, next time you find yourself at that well-stocked table of great food,
remember to include these 5 fruits to eat during your pregnancy.
Yours in good health,
Renee Curran

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