Watermelon is not just a sweet pink fruit but a super hero to save you from pregnancy discomforts during summer. The fruit can relieve most of the first and third trimester pregnancy symptoms without additional calories. Here are some of the benefits of having watermelons when you are expecting:
- Due to less fruit sugar and rich water content, watermelons are known to control heartburn and swelling which are mostly experienced by pregnant women in the first and third trimester.
- Watermelons are rich in lycopene, an antioxidant which is also found in tomatoes. Lycopene is known to reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and also boost the body’s immunity. As pregnant women are prone to infection, watermelon guards you and your baby from infectious diseases.
- It helps to control nausea as it is light on the stomach. In the first trimester, you can have watermelon to avoid vomiting and nausea.
- Dehydration is quite common in pregnancy which leads to constipation, fatigue, dizziness, morning sickness etc. Watermelon with 92% water content and natural fruit sugars keep dehydration and morning sickness at bay.
- The fruit is filled with minerals which have the ability to ease the muscle cramps that occur mostly in the third trimester.
- Pregnancy brings out natural radiance; protect that pregnancy glow from sun with watermelon as it naturally increases the skin’s SPF.
- Watermelons also contain Vitamin A, C, B6, magnesium and potassium that are important for the growth of the baby. They help in the normal development of brain, immune system, baby’s vision etc.
- It cleanses the body and regulates the bowel movements, resulting in reduced hyperpigmentation. It improves the texture of the skin during pregnancy.
This fruit is a perfectly packed nutritional boost that can be made in to a variety of dishes. If you are bored having salads, try watermelon smoothie, ice pops or mocktail to add a refreshing flavour.