5 Amazing Benefits Of Cauliflower During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is the period when you are not only eating for yourself but for your little one growing inside you as well. In this post, we bring you the benefits of cauliflower during pregnancy. Cauliflower is a rich source of several nutrients which may be beneficial for a developing baby. So, delve into this post to know more about the benefits of having cauliflower while pregnant

Are You Consuming Cauliflower During Pregnancy?

It is important to keep an eye on your eating habits as it is directly linked to your child’s health in the womb. You should always take:

  • Vitamin C: It is important to take 85 milligrams of Vitamin C when you are pregnant and cauliflower is a good source of vitamin C (1).
  • Folate: Cauliflower is rich in folate and around 600 micrograms is necessary in your diet (2).
  • Calcium: This mineral is crucial for the formation of the fetus’s skeletal system. During pregnancy, nearly 1000-1300 milligrams of calcium is essential to be taken when you are pregnant (3).

There are many other additional nutrients present in a cup of cauliflower. So, if you decide to include cauliflower everyday in your diet, we say: YES! Here is a helpful guide on cauliflower and pregnancy!

Benefits Of Cauliflower In Pregnancy:

Quite a lot of food items are in the “must include” category in a pregnancy diet. Cauliflower is one such food, whose benefits are:

  1. Good For The Heart: It is a vegetable that will help you to have a healthy heart (4).
  2. Lowers Cholesterol: It is rich in fiber, so it may lower the bad cholesterol (5).
  3. Antioxidant: Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants, which helps improve immunity. It helps you to fight against various diseases, and keeps you healthy (6).
  4. Fetus Development: This vegetable contains nutrients essential for the growth and development of a fetus.
  5. Rich In Minerals: Cauliflower is the best source of minerals .It as it contains calcium, potassium, iron and sodium that helps to in proper development of the baby (7).

What Is So Tasty About Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a good food to eat during pregnancy. It can be:

  • Taken as a salad with lunch or dinner.
  • It can either be steamed or fried as in gobi manchurian (An Indian preparation).
  • It can be taken as an alternative to creamy potatoes; try cauli-mash, instead of ‘tater’ mash!
  • Take care to wash it well before cooking; rinse several times.
  • Leaving the florets in warm water for a few minutes will help get rid of any worms or insects.

Worried About Constipation In Pregnancy?

Constipation is a very common problem during pregnancy. The high fiber content of cauliflower can aid you to curb constipation to certain extent. Consuming adequate cauliflower during pregnancy could help reduce severe constipation.

Risks Of Consuming Cauliflower During Pregnancy:

Here are a few risks that you may face due to excess cauliflower consumption during pregnancy.

  • It can cause a heart burning sensation (8).
  • It can also lead to bloating (9).

During pregnancy, you should consume highly nutritious foods that give your body enough energy to help your child’s development. Hence, consuming cauliflower during pregnancy is a good idea since it offers several health benefits for you and your developing baby. Cauliflower is a rich source of antioxidants and can be included in versatile ways in your diets, such as salads, fillings, or a simple cauliflower mash. However, consuming too much cauliflower may cause heartburn. Therefore, ensure you have a balanced diet with appropriate amounts of this vegetable during pregnancy to utilize its benefits.

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Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.

Michelle Hawksworth

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Michelle Hawksworth is a registered dietitian as well as trained Yoga teacher with a passion for wellness. During her training, Michelle developed an interest in nutrition before, during and after pregnancy. This has led her to work with to-be and expectant mothers to help them optimize their health before, during and after pregnancy. During her practice as a dietitian, Michelle... more

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