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Is It Safe to Eat A Watermelon during Pregnancy?

Eating watermelon during pregnancy is not only safe but it is also healthy and nutritious and can provide some health benefits in this crucial life stage – pregnancy. It can be eaten on its own or mixed in a fruit salad. You can eat its flesh or drink its juice. You can also use it in many different recipes such as sauces, sorbets, smoothies and desserts. Whichever way you prefer to have this sweet, crisp juicy fruit here are some reasons to eat watermelon while pregnant.

Benefits of Eating a Watermelon during Pregnancy

1.     It is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C; providing around 20 percent of the recommended daily value in just 1 cup. These vitamins are vital for the development of baby’s bones, immune and nervous systems

2.      It contains Magnesium and Potassium. Potassium maintains the body’s tissues and regulates water balance in the blood during pregnancy. The potassium and magnesium found in fresh watermelon can help lessen muscle cramps, which is often prevalent in pregnant women in their third trimester.

3.     It is low in calories. Per cup watermelon has only about 50 calories.

4.     With its high water content (that is about 92 percent); it provides enough liquids to your body and also helps in preventing kidney stones.

5.      It has natural fruit sugars that can satisfy your sweet cravings while providing nutrition to your body without the empty calories.

6.     It has rich amounts of lycopene. This antioxidant protects against cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Lycopene also raises the SPF of skin and increases the body’s immunity to infections. Having lycopene daily reduces the occurrence of preeclampsia by fifty percent lycopene also helps with lowering blood pressure.

7.     Some women have even reported watermelon to be a good remedy to fight nausea. Some fruits may also reduce nausea while also helping to keep you hydrated throughout the day. Watermelon, for example, has a high water content and mild taste.

References

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2072/2
http://www.livestrong.com/article/491546-eating-watermelon-while-pregnant/#ixzz1nBgHHMAt
http://www.livestrong.com/article/442689-natural-foods-to-heal-nausea-while-pregnant/#ixzz1nC8WpiIx
http://www.lycoredindia.com/linked_files/9.pdf
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