Are Bananas Good for Pregnant Women?
Bananas are considered a good addition to a pregnant woman’s diet, as long as you’re not eating whole bunches at a time 3. Not only does eating bananas help fulfill the National Institutes of Health's recommendation that pregnant women consume three to four servings of fruit daily, bananas are also packed with beneficial nutrients that are good for momma and baby 3. At 105 calories for a medium banana, you can incorporate them into your meals or enjoy them as tasty and low-fat snacks.
Bananas are a good source of potassium with a medium-sized banana containing 422 milligrams of this mineral 3. Swelling occurs during pregnancy for a variety of reasons one of which, notes the American Pregnancy Association, is not getting enough potassium 2. To help reduce pregnancy swelling, try eating plenty of bananas and other potassium-rich foods, but also inform your doctor of the swelling 3. Potassium can also help reduce morning sickness.
Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that helps aid in the cell and central nervous system development of your fetus when you take it in appropriate amounts. Studies also suggest that this vitamin can help combat morning sickness, according to WebMD. For a pregnant woman, the recommended daily amount of vitamin B6 is 1.9 milligrams. One medium banana contains .4 milligrams.
Aid in Digestion
Women often experience their fair share of heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy because the growing baby puts pressure on the stomach. Eating bananas can help ease these pregnancy woes 3. This fruit acts as a natural antacid by helping suppress acid secretion. Rich in pectin, bananas also aid in digestion -- and can help normalize bowel motility, according to NaturalNews.com 3.
The task of growing a baby can really sap a woman's energy. Eating a banana can help regulate blood sugar. If blood sugar levels drop too low, it can cause fatigue, moodiness and binge eating. This sweet fruit contains the natural sugars glucose, sucrose and fructose. These simple carbohydrates are easy to digest -- and can give the mom-to-be some quick energy.
- Cleveland Clinic: Good Nutrition During Pregnancy for You and Your Baby
- American Pregnancy Association: Swelling During Pregnancy
- USDA: Bananas, Raw
- National Institutes of Health; Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin B6
- WebMD: Vitamins B6 and B12 for Morning Sickness - Topic Overview
- Birth.com: Using Vitamin B6
- MedlinePlus: Eating right during pregnancy
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