Watermelon in Pregnancy

If you love watermelon, you’ll be excited to hear that the nutritional benefits are even more delicious when you’re pregnant!

It’s much more than just a pretty fruit because watermelon can help ease your heartburn, reduce pregnancy sickness and swelling, keep you hydrated because of it’s high water content, and help to build your healthy baby.

Even more good news is that watermelon contains vitamins A, C and B6, potassium and magnesium which are all important nutrients in pregnancy.

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It’s a pretty versatile fruit and can be eaten on it’s own, added to salads, made into popsicles and even slushies…YUM!!

What’s your favourite way of eating it?

Take A Look At Some of The Benefits

  • Relief from heartburn

You may find that watermelon will have a soothing effect on your digestive tract, giving you relief from the acidity and heartburn you can often experience in pregnancy.

  • Reduces swelling

Because of the increased fluid volume in your body in pregnancy, swelling of hands and feet may be a problem. The high water content in watermelons may give some relief from this.

  • Hydrating

It can be hard to keep up with fluids during pregnancy and dehydration can occur. Eat up, because watermelons consist of almost 90% water and can be helpful in combating dehydration.

  • Morning sickness relief

Try enjoying a glass of watermelon juice in the morning. Besides being pretty effective for nausea, it’s also very refreshing.

  • Immunity boosting

Watermelons are richer than tomatoes in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease. It’s also known to boost immunity levels too. Win-Win!!

  • Prevents skin pigmentation

The hormonal changes going on in your body in pregnancy may cause your skin to become dry and patchy. Watermelons can improve your digestion and flush out toxins, helping with naturally glowing skin.

  • Help relieve muscle cramps

Your body is trying to adapt to many changes, with fluctuating hormones and weight gain so you may experience some muscle cramps, particularly during the third trimester. Watermelons can apparently be effective in helping to relieve these.

Although watermelons can be good for your health and beneficial during pregnancy, it’s also worth noting that if they’re eaten in excess…

  • Because they’re low in fibre and have a pretty high sugar content, eating lots of it may end up raising your blood sugar levels during pregnancy.

  • Their high water content may mean that you end up with frequent trips to the bathroom, flushing out essential nutrients in your urine.

They also have a tendency to spoil quickly so only eat freshly cut watermelons, not ones that have been sitting around on the kitchen counter at room temperature.

The Bottom Line

Watermelons are a yummy hydrating fruit, rich in lots nutrients beneficial for pregnancy, and are a great way to add variety to your prenatal diet.

They can help to ease heartburn, alleviate pregnancy sickness and swelling, keep you hydrated and are SOooooo refreshing on these hot summer days.

They contain vitamins A, C, B6, potassium and magnesium which are all important nutrients in pregnancy. A great healthy snack to add into your day but remember it’s all about portion sizes too 🙂

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