Watermelon — A Brief
With summer comes the sweet and alluring scent of watermelon! The fruit that is known to quench your thirst and satisfy your taste buds without any efforts (if we can forget the trouble of picking out the annoying seeds).
Watermelon, as the name suggests, is a fruit with 92% water and 100% taste. It has a typical sweet, juicy, crunchy flavor with an appealing granular texture that makes it one of the top choices to beat the summer heat.
This summer fruit is an excellent source of essential nutrients, including Vitamin A, C, B6, magnesium, and potassium. Watermelon also contains high fiber, a property that makes it a part of the ‘tummy-filling’ clan. The seeds of this fruit are crunchy and wholly edible.
This was watermelon and its properties in a nutshell. Let’s move on to the next section to know about its importance during pregnancy. Stay with us!
1. Eases Heart Burns
Watermelon is very soothing for the stomach and the food pipe. Pregnant women suffer from various digestive problems like acidity and heartburn. Watermelon has cooling properties that help ease these problems, giving instant relief.
So next time your heart gives you trouble, go for a watermelon treat and you’ll be fine!
2. Reduces Swelling In Feet And Hands
Edema, or light swelling of the feet and hands, is very common during pregnancy.
Watermelon with its high water content reduces the blockages in the veins and the muscles and thus helps prevent edema.
3. Alleviates Morning Sickness
Watermelon, consumed during the mornings, gives a very refreshing, soothing and light start to the day. It also contains nutritional and energizing properties that prevent the occurrence of morning sickness.
It is a good idea for a pregnant woman to start the day with a glass of fresh watermelon juice. Try it today!
Note: Add a dash of lemon and rock salt to your watermelon juice, if you like it savory and fine.
4. Prevents Dehydration
All pregnant women are advised to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can cause premature contractions and lead to a premature birth.
Watermelon contains more than 90% water and eating it is a great way to stay hydrated.
5. Reduces Muscle Cramps
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through a wide array of changes. The extra weight and hormones cause the muscles and bones to ache.
Consuming watermelon in any of its forms helps the body cope better with these changes and ease the muscle cramps.
6. Prevents Pigmentation
Many pregnant women suffer from pigmented skin. This irritating problem can take away the joy from pregnancy.
Watermelons keep the bowel movements smooth and ease the digestion of food. This, in turn, affects the skin texture for good. The pigmentation of the skin in various parts of the body is minimized by the regular cleansing of the body.
So, eat watermelon for that glowing look!
7. Boosts Immunity
When you are pregnant, your body is fending for two souls—you and your growing baby. Any lapse in your health can directly affect your unborn child’s growth and development.
Don’t worry! Having watermelon regularly can help strengthen your immunity.
This fruit contains lycopene, an antioxidant that is responsible for its red color, which helps reduce the chances of pre-eclampsia by 50 percent. It also plays an important part in building up your immunity which might see a drop during pregnancy.