Balanced food, fresh fruits way to healthy pregnancy

A balanced and healthy diet is an essential requirement for all age groups irrespective of gender. And when it comes to pregnant ladies then it becomes even more important.

When searching for best pregnancy diets, it is crucial that you seek advice from your doctor and childbirth care-givers. What you eat makes a difference to you and your baby. There are essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your developing baby needs. Most foods are safe; however, there are some foods that you should avoid during pregnancy.

Packed with essential nutrients and full of fiber, fruits and vegetables are an important part of any healthy diet – and should appear in abundance in your kitchen when you’re pregnant.

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Have a slice of cantaloupe or a bowl of strawberries for a snack, and you’ll provide your baby with vitamins and minerals for growth while keeping yourself healthy too. Pair the fruit with a little protein, like cottage cheese, and you’ll get a sustained energy boost to get you through a long afternoon.

The fiber content of fruits and vegetables also provides a number of benefits, including keeping your bowels moving. This helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids, two common problems during pregnancy.

Fresh is best, but frozen and even canned are good (as long as you avoid fruit packaged in sugary liquid). Think beyond apples, oranges, and bananas, too.

Is Papaya safe for your baby

Yes, it is safe to eat papaya during pregnancy, as long as it is ripe. A well-ripened papaya is full of vitamins and nutrients. Papaya helps to prevent and control constipation and heartburn. For these reasons, many experts recommend that pregnant women eat moderate amounts of ripe papaya.

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However if the papaya is unripe, then you must avoid it. An unripe or semi-ripe papaya is rich in a substance called latex. Research shows that this concentrated form of latex may trigger uterine contractions. Also, papaya skin and seeds shouldn’t be eaten.

Eating Pineapple during pregnancy?

Pineapple’s are a big no no for pregnant ladies. Experts say, pineapple are rich in Bromeline, which can cause the softening of cervix leading to early labour.

Some excellent fruit choices

  • apricots
  • blueberries
  • cantaloupe
  • cherries
  • grapefruit or grapefruit juice
  • grapes
  • guava
  • kiwi
  • mango
  • pear
  • persimmon
  • raspberries and blackberries
  • strawberries
  • tangerines
  • watermelon

Food to Avoid during Pregnancy

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Raw Meat: Uncooked seafood and rare or undercooked beef or poultry should be avoided because of the risk of contamination.

Deli Meat: Deli meats have been known to be contaminated with listeria, which can cause miscarriage.

Fish with Mercury: Fish that contain high levels of mercury should be avoided. Mercury consumed during pregnancy has been linked to developmental delays and brain damage.

Smoked Seafood: Refrigerated, smoked seafood often labeled as lox, nova style, kippered, or jerky should be avoided because it could be contaminated with Listeria.

Raw Eggs: Raw eggs or any foods that contain raw eggs should be avoided because of the potential exposure to salmonella.

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