5 Health Benefits Of Eating Prunes During Pregnancy

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Dry fruits are considered a superfood as they are rich in nutrients and beneficial for pregnant women. During pregnancy, you might want to try experimenting with different choices of dry fruits and reap their benefits. But, you might wonder whether having prunes during pregnancy is safe as you are unsure about their effects on your unborn child. Read on as we tell you about the safety profile of prune, its juice for pregnant women, and its various health benefits.

If you are craving for prunes in pregnancy, we are here to help. Read on to know if prune juice is safe during pregnancy.

What Are Prunes?

A prune is a dry plum. It is one of the healthiest types of foods the world over. Prunes are good for your overall health and the baby’s health. The good part about eating prunes is that they rarely have any side effects.

Eating Prunes In Pregnancy

Eating prunes within limits during your pregnancy is normally safe and healthy. Each pregnancy is unique and whether or not you can eat prunes during your pregnancy will depend on your overall health. Your doctor will be your best guide to tell you about how many prunes you can consume safely.

Benefits Of Eating Prunes When You Are Pregnant

Here are some more benefits of eating prunes for pregnant women:

1. Prevents Constipation And Aids Bowel Movement:

When you are pregnant, you are likely to experience bowel difficulties or constipation due to the various hormonal changes. During your pregnancy, your body produces more estrogen to ensure that your baby is growing properly. It can slow down your digestion and cause constipation (1). Progesterone is another hormone that your body releases during pregnancy. It relaxes and loosens your muscles. The muscles that form the outside walls of your bowel area relax during pregnancy due to progesterone production. It makes it difficult for the food to move along and get out of your body. Prunes can help one have smooth bowel movements (2).

2. Prevents Anemia And Boosts Your Iron Levels:

Iron is one of the main nutrients that is vital for the proper growth and development of your baby. Prunes are a rich source of iron (3). When you are pregnant, your iron requirements go up considerably. Just eating your regular meals may not be adequate. It is important to include additional food items like prunes to fight iron deficiency. Eating prunes help you build hemoglobin and prevent anemia during pregnancy. It will also help you and your baby build immunity and keep any signs of weakness at bay. Snacking on prunes will also help maintain your energy levels and soothe your nerves.

3. Controls Blood Pressure And Fights Depression:

Prunes contain potassium that helps reduce blood pressure (4). It also helps fight depression and controls anxiety (5). The beta-carotene and vitamin A in prunes help in the development of eyes in your unborn baby. Eating prunes will work wonders for your skin and that of your baby too.

4. Prevents Joint Pain:

You may be experiencing joint pains and cramps while you are pregnant. Eating prunes can help prevent or reduce these pains. Intake of prunes will also help prevent any inflammation while you are pregnant.

5. Fights Nausea:

Eating prunes can be a natural and healthy way to prevent nausea.

Dry fruits are one of the most popular food choices among expectant mothers. Prunes are dried plums that provide numerous health benefits. Prunes are popular for their ability to help with constipation, anemia, blood iron levels, blood pressure, and nausea. Bloating, gas and diarrhea are some of the side effects of overeating prunes. Also, if you have diabetes or any other health issue, talk to your doctor about the safety and consumption of prunes during pregnancy.

References:

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  1. Ji-Eun Oh et al.; (2013); Estrogen Rather Than Progesterone Cause Constipation in Both Female and Male Mice.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3823955/
  2. 8 Remedies To Relieve Constipation.
    https://www.bladderandbowel.org/bowel/bowel-treatments/8-methods-encourage-bowel-movement/
  3. Iron-Deficiency Anemia.
    https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/irondeficiency-anemia
  4. Medical Benefits of Prunes.
    https://blog.tauedu.org/medical-benefits-of-prunes/
  5. Nutritional strategies to ease anxiety.
    https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-strategies-to-ease-anxiety-201604139441
  6. Faryal Mirza et al.; (2018); Dried plum alleviates symptoms of inflammatory arthritis in TNF transgenic mice.
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29149648/
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Dr. Irene (Eirini) Orfanoudaki

(PhD, MD)
Dr. Irene (Eirini) Orfanoudaki is a gynecologist-obstetrician, having a private practice in Heraklion, Crete, and collaborating with private health clinic 'MITERA' - Euromeda in Heraklion. With more than two decades of experience as a gynecologist-obstetrician, she specializes in ultrasound, colposcopy, minimal and advance gynecologic surgery, aesthetic gynecology, fertility consulting, menopause consulting, operative obstetrics, high-risk pregnancy, normal deliveries, antenatal, intra-parum, postnatal... more

Ria Saha

Ria is a techie-turned-writer and writes articles on health, with special emphasis on nutrition. She did her B.Tech from West Bengal University of Technology and was previously associated with IBM as SAP ABAP technical consultant. She moved into freelance content writing in 2013 and worked for various websites including MomJunction, Brainpulse Technologies, and Emarketz India.

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