Why Pregnant Women Should Eat Banana During Pregnancy

Banana is a rich source of calcium, potassium and many other nutrients and yes it’s a great fruit to consume during pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and you’ve been told not to eat banana it’s a myth and to know why you should eat banana during pregnancy, check out the benefits of eating this deliciously yummy fruit called banana. Meanwhile, I’m not a banana seller o (So you don’t go thinking I’m marketing for them!).

And here are the reasons why pregnant women should banana during pregnancy;

1. Rich In Folic Acid

For the development of the foetus’ nerves, brain, and spinal cord, folic acid is essential. Deficiency in folic acid can cause the baby to be born disabled. Meanwhile, banana contains folic acid which can easily be absorbed into the body.

2. Reduces Anemia

A regular intake of food rich in iron, and iron rich fruits and vegetables can help overcome anemia issues. Banana is a great source of iron, it helps the body produce haemoglobin thus reducing anaemic symptoms which when untreated may cause complications during pregnancy or at childbirth.

3. Fights Constipation

Pregnant women can have problems with constipation during pregnancy, so to naturally combat constipation, bloating and ensure a smooth bowel movement increase your intake of banana.

4. Good Source Of Calcium, vitamin C and protein

It is common knowledge that these nutrients are essential for the healthy development of foetuses in the womb.

5. Boosts Blood Cell Growth

Banana is a good source of vitamin B6 and vitamin B6 acts as a neurotransmitter. And it also increases the growth of RBCs, i.e., Red Blood Cells in your body.

6. Reduces Nausea

Do you feel like vomiting every morning? But if banana is eaten regularly during the early stages of pregnancy, it can help in reducing the morning sickness.

7. Blood Pressure Stabiliser

Most women experience blood pressure fluctuation during pregnancy, but you can maintain blood pressure naturally through healthy eating. Meanwhile, banana is a great source of potassium which can help in maintaining the blood pressure of expectant mothers. Plus, it will help reduce muscle cramps and leg pains during pregnancy.

8. Energy Booster

Combine banana with a glass of milk and that’s a full meal! It gives you instant energy because it contains all the 3 natural sugars; glucose, fructose and sucrose which are energy sources for everyone. Eat banana everyday to get your daily energy requirements.

9.  Stops Hunger Pangs

If you’re always hungry, snack on banana. So instead of a bag of unhealthy chips and chocolate choose banana instead.

And finally, eating banana regularly during pregnancy can help you maintain the right level of blood sugar and cholesterol during pregnancy. It is important you maintain a right blood sugar level during pregnancy especially if you have diabetes and regular consumption of banana can help you avoid this problem.

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Avocado Is Good For Pregnant Women

Since I’ve known the beauty benefits of eating avocado, I don’t only eat it, after scooping out the inside and eating it with salt, I’ll rub some on my face and I tell you, it’s doing a lot for my skin. Recently, I stumbled on a study which found that avocado have a lot of benefits for pregnant women, it makes sense. The benefits of avocado is numerous and it keeps increasing, avocados are full of good fat, remember pregnant women are advised to take foods rich in folic acid when pregnant?

Good news is, avocado is a great source of folate, and especially important during the first 3 months of your pregnancy. A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the role of avocados in the diets of pregnant and lactating women. According to the study

“Avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets. “Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and/or breast milk quality“. Currently, US dietary advice applies only to those aged two years and above.

As to how much avocados you can eat in a day, this is what a reproductive specialist and nutritionist Doctor Andrew Orr says, “You actually can’t eat too many of them! They are full of good fats (omega oils), protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and more. They’re great as a meal on their own, in green smoothies, desserts, dips… I love using them for breakfast!” He adds, “On a traditional Chinese medicine level, avocado is nourishing to both the womb and the baby. Avocado should definitely be eaten during pregnancy – and it’s a great food for fertility too”

So what’s stopping you from eating avocados every single day? It’s affordable, as you can get one for as low as #50 and you can make delicious meals out of it, I love love love guacamole.

Here are 4 delicious recipes you can try;

1. Avocado On Toast

This is simple to make and filling if you use wheat bread, mash or slice the avocado on toast. Use wheat bread as it’s healthier and  there are other ways to eat your avocado.

2. Avocado Salad 

Salad is not only healthy but you’re taking most of your nutrients all in one meal, add avocado to your salad mix to make it even more healthier. Trust me when I say avocado taste great in salad.

3. Guacamole

Guacamole is not only simple to make but delicious! To prepare, mash up an avocado, then add some lime and salt to taste (or skip the salt altogether). You can eat guacamole with boiled eggs, noodles and what have you. 

4. Baked Egg In An Avocado

Baked eggs in avocados tastes heavenly! Cut your avocado into two, remove the seed inside, place it on a bowl making sure it’s balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Then crack two eggs in a bowl, make sure the yolk doesn’t split, then spoon the two yolks into the centre of each avocado hole, add egg white until each hole is full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 220C (425F) until the eggs are cooked. You can choose to season with salt, pepper or anything you like.It’s a delicious delight.


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