The future mom is lucky if the pregnancy, especially her second half falls at the end of summer – the beginning of autumn: the long-awaited time for everyone who loves sweet, juicy watermelon. A slice of a cool sweet watermelon during hot summer will brighten up the life of any person not talking about a pregnant woman. It will quench thirst, fill the body with coolness, and its sweet taste will bring incredible pleasure. So, if you are pregnant and are craving for this sweet juicy berry, but not sure whether it is safe to eat, then reading is your secret power.
Health benefits of watermelon
Watermelon is extremely useful for any healthy person. The main part of it is, of course, water (90%). But it has a quite impressive chemical composition in terms of vitamins and minerals: vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9, C, E, H and PP, as well as folic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and sodium.It is low in calories 25 kcal per 100 g of product. It lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood, strengthens the body. The most popular way to eat watermelon is eating raw, slice it or make juice from it. But there are many other ways you probably haven’t tried before like add it to salads, make soups, eat with bread or cheese, and even serve it with prosciutto, etc.
Benefits of eating watermelon during pregnancy
- Alleviates morning sickness. Morning sickness is one of the most common and unpleasant part of pregnancy. It happens to every 4th pregnant woman. And here this juicy berry will come to your aid. Just one glass of cool fresh watermelon juice will essentially alleviate your morning sickness.
- Contributes to the removal of excess fluid from the body, and therefore – fights against swelling that are very common during pregnancy and prevents their appearance.
- Cleanses the body of toxins, harmful salts, sand and small kidney stones.
- Relieves heartburn. The consumption of it neutralizes excess acid in the stomach.
- Treats dehydration: Dehydration of the body during pregnancy leads to premature contractions, which can cause premature birth. That’s why pregnant women should drink plenty of water. Watermelon contains about 90% water and is a great way to avoid dehydration.
- Relieves muscle spasms. The body of a pregnant woman passes through many changes and trials. Weight gain and hormonal imbalance can lead to pain in the muscles and bones. Watermelon, eaten in any form helps the body cope with muscle spasms and pains.
- Prevents pigmentation. Excessive amounts of melanin in the body during pregnancy can lead to skin pigmentation. Sometimes pigmentation becomes so strong that eclipses the joy of pregnancy. Watermelon can prevent the development of pigmentation. In addition, it promotes easy digestion and keeps the intestinal structure smooth. This, in turn, has a beneficial effect on the appearance of the skin – it literally glows and seems very beautiful
- Improves metabolism and the digestive system. Serves as the prevention of constipation.
- Helps with iron deficiency anemia.
- Has a beneficial effect on the nervous system.
All above mentioned is true and very important for pregnant mommies. But there is the other side of the coin. The quality of watermelons. Firstly, is it organic? We all know that watermelons are generously seasoned with nitrates and other chemical additives. For any person, such a watermelon carries a great danger, but if it is a pregnant woman, the situation becomes more serious.
How to choose right watermelon?
In order, not to stumble upon such a “bomb”, first, it is necessary to understand for yourself that any fruits need to be bought and eat not earlier than their natural period of maturation. So never buy watermelons before the end of July, mid-August. And even during this period, you are not free from nitrate surprises. Therefore, learn how to recognize them “by eye”:
- Such bad watermelons, when tapping on them, emit a muffled sound, like from a deflated ball (and not as from a hollow container).
- When squeezing, it does not crack, but it seems soft.
- In the section, the normal watermelon pure from nitrates is slightly heterogeneous in color. The cut of nitrate one is almost perfectly smooth.
- The veins should be thin and white, hard and yellowish is a bad sign.
- In addition, you can check the quality of watermelon by throwing a piece of pulp into a glass of water. If the water turns pink or red, DO NOT EVEN TRY THE BERRY!
Another danger that the watermelon conceals is microbes that often lead to poisoning. To minimize risk, do not take cut fruits; Do not buy watermelons that are sold from the ground, along roads, without a canopy. And be sure to thoroughly wash the ripe berry at home, preferably – with soap. It is important to mention also that good fresh cut watermelon can sour in just a few hours, so it is important to store the uneaten product in the refrigerator, and not longer than a day. As for watermelon juice, do not store it. Just pour out the leftover juice. It is better to eat watermelon separately from other drinks and foods
Side effects of watermelon during pregnancy
- Excess watermelon consumption increases the level of glucose in the blood thereby causing gestational diabetes.
- Excessive body cleansing. Watermelon perfectly cleanses the internal organs of toxins, but if you overdo it with its amount, it can wash out also basic nutrients so necessary for fetal development.
- Stomach problems. It can disrupt the work of the intestine and increase the formation of gases, while in pregnant women, in addition, can cause painful sensations.
Interesting facts: The largest watermelon in the world was grown by the gardener Chris Kent from the American state of Tennessee. It’s weighed 158 kilograms and 984.11 grams.
At 40-42 pregnancy week, your baby may be as big as a watermelon.
Caution: If you are still confused by the question of whether you can eat a watermelon during pregnancy, then be sure to consult your doctor.
Dear mommies, share with us your experience of eating watermelon during your pregnancy.