Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Watermelon and Pregnant Mommies

Today someone shared the benefits of watermelon for pregnant mommies. So I googled about it and found this hadith from Rasulullah S.A.W

"None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character."
 -Rasullullah S.A.W-

 i never heard this hadith before so it made me so ecstatic. Most pregnant mommies I know love watermelon. Maybe because our body is heaty, the weather is hot and humid, this juicy fruit gives us the pleasure of cooling especially when it is freshly taken from the fridge.muehehehe

So i googled some more for its benefits. Here it goes:

More than just a pretty pink fruit, juicy watermelon can soothe morning sickness, help you stay hydrated and build a healthy baby.

Once considered just a juicy treat with limited culinary range and nutritional value, watermelon actually is a versatile and very healthful fruit. On a salad plate, it's a succulent stand-in for tomatoes. It adds crunch and color to entrees. It makes a sweet background for smoothies and sorbets. And it freshens up a tangy barbecue sauce.

If you're pregnant, the benefits are even more delicious. Watermelon eases heartburn and reduces swelling; its high water content (92 percent) and fruit sugars alleviate morning sickness and dehydration; and the minerals it contains can help prevent third-trimester muscle cramps. Ounce for ounce, watermelon is richer than tomatoes in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease, boosts the body's immunity to infections and naturally raises the skin's SPF, according to Steven Pratt, M.D., author of SuperFoods Rx (HarperCollins).

Even better news for pregnant women: A study in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that daily lycopene supplements reduced the incidence of preeclampsia by 50 percent. Test subjects were given 4 milligrams of lycopene; a single serving of watermelon can have triple that amount. What's more, scientists have discovered that watermelon is packed with vitamins A, C and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are important for the development of your baby's vision, brain, nervous and immune systems, and more. For you, potassium regulates water balance in the blood and body tissues during pregnancy. And you get all these benefits for less than 50 calories per cup.

Taken from here

Pregnant mommies prone to get constipated. So one way to avoid it by eating fruits, and watermelon sure helps! Alhamdulillah, it works for me =))) Go try!
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