Is It Safe To Eat Peaches During Pregnancy?

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It’s hard to imagine something low in calories yet tasty to eat. Of course, we are talking about peaches! Eating peaches during pregnancy can help you meet your daily vitamin C requirements along with several other nutrients. Peaches are tasty and nutritious fruits that resemble little apples and are a good addition to your pregnancy diet. However, as with most things, they should be consumed in moderation. In this post, we tell you how peach is good for pregnant women, its health benefits, and ways to include it in your diet when expecting.

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Is It Safe To Eat Peaches During Pregnancy?

It is safe to consume peaches in moderate amounts. Peaches are rich in iron, protein, sugar, pectin and zinc. Eating the whole fruit as a part of a prenatal care diet is healthy. Wash the peaches well and eat them fresh or cooked in a recipe.

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Peach is a low-glycemic fruit, which has a glycemic indexiA measure of how quickly a food (containing carbohydrates) is absorbed in the body. of 28 and glycemic loadiA measure of how much a particular food can elevate the blood sugar levels. of 4 (7).

Nutritional Value Of Peaches

One medium sized nutrient-dense peach fruit (about 150 grams) provides you with the following nutrients (1):

  • Calories – 59
  • Carbohydrates – 15g
  • Protein – 1.4g
  • Fat – 0.4g
  • Fiber – 2.3g
  • Vitamin C – 6.3mg
  • Vitamin A – 37 µg
  • Potassium – 185mg
  • Magnesium – 12mg
  • Iron – 0.5mg

Now you know that peach is good in nutritional values. But in what way are these values going to benefit your body?

Benefits Of Eating Peaches During Pregnancy

Peaches are natural sugar sources high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which are vital for you and your growing fetus.

1. Vitamin C

Peaches are super rich in vitamin C, which is essential for the formation of the baby’s bones, teeth, muscles, cartilage and blood vessels. 100 grams of peach fruit gives you 6.6 milligrams of this vitamin.
Vitamin C helps in easy absorption of iron into your body, helping you prevent anemiaiA condition characterized by low levels of blood cells or hemoglobin in the body. . You can also mitigate the chances of preterm laboriLabor starting between 20-37 weeks of pregnancy, which may result in early childbirth. (2) and reduce those stretch marks.

2. Folic acid

100 grams of peach fruit gives around four micrograms of folic acid.

Folic acid is an essential nutrient during your first trimester. It helps in the baby’s brain and spine development and prevents the fetus from neural tube defectsiBirth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord that usually happen during early pregnancy. like spina bifidaiA congenital disorder where the spinal cord doesn't fully develop, leading to physical and neurological complications. (3).

3. Potassium

Peaches contain potassium, which helps you deal with everyday pregnancy woes. It minimizes the uneasiness like fatigue, lightheadedness, anxiety, leg cramps, swollen ankles, and feet, which are common during pregnancy. It maintains fluid balance in the mother and the baby.

4. Fiber

Peaches are a good source of dietary fiber, offering around 1.5 grams per 100 grams of fruit. It, therefore, helps you keep the fiber content optimal during pregnancy by dealing with constipation, indigestion, and other gastrointestinal issues. Having a high fiber peach every day will help in regular bowel movements.

5. Natural detox

Peaches are natural detoxifying agents

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Peaches are natural detoxifying agents. While cleaning up your stomach and intestines, peaches also flush out unwanted toxins and waste from other organs such as liver, kidney, and spleen. What’s more, they also keep your heart function better.

6. Beta-carotene

Peaches are a natural source of this wonder vitamin., a precursor of vitamin A. The Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland conducted a research to quantitatively analyze carotenoids in peaches. The study revealed that beta-carotene was the most abundant carotenoid in peaches, accounting for an average of 88% of the total carotenoid content. Eating peaches helps you fill up your body with healthy levels of beta caroteneiA colored pigment and vitamin A precursor found in fruits and vegetables conferring several benefits. . Beta carotene helps boost the immune system of your body and your baby.

7. Reduce baby weight

Peaches also help you post delivery by helping you lose all that baby weight. The low calorie and high nutrient peaches help you get rid of unwanted fat, without extra weight gain and regulate the functioning of your body.

8. Phosphorus

The recommended daily allowance of phosphorus during pregnancy is 700 milligrams, and 100 grams of peach fruit provides 20 mg of this nutrient. It helps build strong bones in both the mother and growing baby.

9. Magnesium

Peaches contain a considerable amount of magnesium, which helps prevent premature contractionsiPeriodic and timed tightening of the uterine muscles during labor, facilitating the childbirth process. of the uterus and wards off leg cramps and constipation during pregnancy.

10. Antiemetic property

The antiemetic property of peaches provides you relief from morning sickness. You may consume peach tea to avoid vomiting.

During her pregnancy, Natalie Vickery, a mother and a herbalist discovered a remedy for morning sickness in peaches. She explains, “When I was pregnant with my son I craved peaches and nectarines. I never thought much about those cravings until a few years later when I was reading a book called ‘Mountain Medicine’ by herbalist Darryl Patton, which (prescribed peach leaf tea for morning sickness). I believe now that those cravings for peach were my body’s way of intuitively recommending a remedy for my morning sickness (i).”

Thus, peaches do all the good you want during pregnancy. But you cannot eat them the way you want.

Pesticide Concerns And Organic Options

Buy organic peaches

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A big concern in eating peaches is the high amount of pesticides present in them. The tests conducted by the US Department of Agriculture in 2008 showed that there were more than 50 pesticide residues on imported and domestic peaches. It also revealed that peaches are one of the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits. Therefore, buy organic peaches to rule out any fears.

Even if you are buying organic fruits, you need to be careful about other negative impacts.

How Much Peach Fruit Can A Pregnant Woman Have?

Limit yourself to two peaches during pregnancy

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During pregnancy, you need to eat all food in moderation. You should not consume more than 500 grams of peach a day. According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you may eat four to five cups of fruits and vegetables every day all through your pregnancy. You can try to limit yourself to two peaches a day along with other fruits and veggies.

But you can benefit from the fruit only if you are buying the right peaches.

How To Choose Peaches?

Peaches should not have large flattened bruises

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  • The fruit should be fairly firm. The skin hue between the red areas should be yellow or creamy.
  • It should not be hard or very firm with a distinct green hue, which means it is unripe.
  • It should not be overripe too.
  • Peaches should not have large flattened bruises or any other signs of decay.

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To choose ripe peaches, look for yellow and creamy ones rather than green with red spots. The peaches should also be soft and have a fresh, peachy aroma.

So, you understood the goodness of peaches and bought the right peaches. What do you do now?

How To Include Peach In Your Pregnancy Diet?

Peaches are usually available from May to November and fall under two categories – Freestones, which can be eaten fresh as well as frozen, while Clingstones are useful for canning and sometimes sold fresh.

  • Slice the fruit and add it to hot or cold cereal as a morning meal, or include it as a dessert.
  • Include peaches in healthy snacks such as fruit kebabs. Take a wooden skewer, thread a chunk of peach, rockmelon, watermelon, grape and any fruit of your choice.
  • Prepare a smoothie with peeled peach, banana, a chunk of pineapple and ice cubes. Blend them until you get a smooth consistency.
Peach smoothie during pregnancy

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  • Grill peaches when you plan to have a barbecue. Cut the fruit in half, deseed, brush with a light oil like canola and grill over a medium heat until it turns tender. You can have it along with a scoop of yogurt.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can peaches lead to miscarriage?

In some cultures, it is believed that eating peaches can cause a miscarriage (4). However, no clinical studies or trials support this assumption.

2. Why am I craving peaches while pregnant?

According to experts, food cravings, such as those for peaches, may happen due to hormonal changes, heightened smell and taste, or nutritional deficiencies (5). However, no specific link has been established between food cravings and their said trigger (6). Thus, no specific reason exists for peach cravings during pregnancy.

3. Can peach juice provide the same benefits as eating whole peaches during pregnancy?

Peach juice does not offer the same benefits as whole peaches. Whole peach fruit contains soluble and insoluble fiber, which is absent in peach juice, especially if the juice is strained. In addition, the juicing process can lead to the loss of essential nutrients like vitamin C, which is present in significant amounts in whole peaches. Moreover, the fiber in whole peaches helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, leading to more stable blood sugar levels. Conversely, peach juice, which lacks fiber, can cause a more rapid increase in blood sugar levels due to its concentrated sugar content.

4. Are there any risks associated with consuming too many peaches during pregnancy?

A moderate consumption of fruit is recommended during pregnancy as it is a good source of nutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals. However, according to a study overconsumption of fruit during the second trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus. This was particularly observed in the case of over consumption of tropical fruit and citrus fruits that possess a high glycemic index (8).

Peaches are loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, folic acid, and potassium. The fruit helps prevent anemia, leg cramps, morning sickness, and flushes out extra toxins. You may safely add peach during pregnancy to your diet for its great health benefits. However, consume it in moderate amounts, as an excess of anything may cause harm. Always choose organic varieties to stay away from pesticides. Buy fruits that are fresh and firm rather than overripe. If you are unsure of their safety, discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Infographic: Advantages Of Eating Peaches During Pregnancy

Peaches are soft and juicy fruits that belong to the Rose family. Loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for fetal growth and development, these fruits also benefit the expectant mother. So, check out the infographic below to learn several benefits of eating peaches when pregnant.

benefits of peaches during pregnancy (infographic)

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Key Pointers

  • Peaches, whether raw or cooked, are a good source of vitamins, iron, folic acid, protein, fiber, magnesium, and zinc.
  • Adding peaches to the pregnancy diet can prevent anemia, gastrointestinal issues, and unhealthy fat, as well as reduce the risk of preterm labor and neural defects in the baby.
  • Consuming up to two peaches a day can also help remove bodily toxins and boost bone and muscle growth in the mother and baby.
  • Peaches are a healthy snack option during pregnancy as they are low in calories and high in nutrients.
  • It is important to choose organic, firm, red-and-yellow-hued, and pesticide-free peaches for safe consumption during pregnancy.
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Jyoti Benjamin

Jyoti BenjaminMS, RD, CSO, FAND, CD

Jyoti Benjamin has 25 years of experience as a clinical dietitian and currently works in Seattle. She focuses on teaching people the value of good nutrition and helping them lead healthy lives by natural means. Benjamin has a masters in Foods and Nutrition, and has been a longtime member and Fellow of AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) and the...read full bio