How safe is it to eat raspberries when pregnant? The juicy raspberries with rich sweet taste may make pregnant women crave to have a handful of them to satiate their sweet tooth. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Keep reading this post as we talk about the nutritional value, health benefits, and safety of eating raspberries during pregnancy.
What Are Raspberries?
A raspberry is an edible, delicious fruit, which is available in several colors. Raspberries have two distinct varieties: boysenberries and loganberries. Also, red raspberries are widely popular, and they are easily available in California. The berries enhance the taste of cakes and desserts. You may preserve the berries as jelly and jam. Raspberries are full of nutrients that help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
Can You Eat Raspberries During Pregnancy?
Yes! You may enjoy eating raspberry during pregnancy. In fact, eating raspberries is a healthy habit during pregnancy. However, wash the berries thoroughly before consuming them. Unwashed fruit may contain harmful parasites and bacteria that may make you vulnerable to foodborne ailments such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. Wash each berry before eating it while expecting to get rid of parasites and pesticides.
Health Benefits Of Eating Raspberries During Pregnancy
Raspberries not only enhance your delicacies but also offer you several health benefits to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Find below some common health benefits of raspberries during pregnancy.
1. Regulates Labor And Delivery:
Red raspberries are popular as uterine stimulator and relaxant. The fruit regulates uterine contractions and facilitates labor and a safe delivery. Also, leaves of red raspberries help treat cramps, nausea, pain, dizziness, fatigue, and malaise during pregnancy. Drinking raspberry tea prevents hemorrhage and helps childbirth.
2. Prevents Birth Defects:
Raspberries contain a high amount of folate, so eating the fruit in pregnancy helps prevent the risk of birth defects in your unborn baby. A good intake of folate through the berries protects your baby from neural tube defects, cardiovascular and limb defects, urinary tract anomalies, and pre-eclampsia effectively.
3. Promotes Digestion:
Raspberries contain high amounts of dietary fiber and manganese which promote smooth digestion, prevent the risk of digestive disorders, maintain high metabolic rate, and regulate your weight during pregnancy.
4. Boosts Immunity:
High antioxidant content and phytonutrients in raspberries reinforce your immune system to a great extent. Also, the fruit is full of minerals, vitamins, and other vital nutrients that help boost your immunity. So, eating raspberries in pregnancy helps prevent the development of harmful diseases and infections as well as safeguard the health your unborn baby.
5. Protects From Development Of Cancer:
Raspberries are a rich source of antioxidants and ellagic acid, a phytonutrient. The high antioxidant and phytonutrient content prevents the risk of cancer development while expecting.
6. Curbs Infections:
The flavonoids in raspberries break down into anthocyanins that provide antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits. So, eating raspberries during pregnancy inhibits the growth of certain harmful bacteria and fungi in your body and prevents the risk of vaginal infections while expecting. Also, raspberries leaves treat skin rash effectively.
7. Cures Anemia:
Raspberries contain higher amounts of iron than other fruits. So, eating the fruit during pregnancy helps boosts your hemoglobin count and protects you from anemia, fatigue, and dizziness.
8. Treats Respiratory Problems:
Eating red raspberries during pregnancy helps treat respiratory problems such as a cough, sore throat, flu, and common cold effectively.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do raspberries cause miscarriage?
There is no scientific evidence to prove that raspberries may cause miscarriage. On the contrary, raspberry leaf products are often used during pregnancy to prevent birth-related complications (1).
2. Can I eat frozen raspberries while pregnant?
Yes, you may consume all kinds of fresh fruits, dried or frozen, while pregnant, including raspberries (you may include them in smoothies too). Moreover, since raspberries are seasonal and may not be available around the year, you may consume them frozen. However, make sure to avoid packed ones with too many sugars and choose well-frozen packages (without ice) and store them away from other foods such as raw meat and fish (2) (3).
3. When should I start drinking raspberry leaf tea to soften my cervix?
Although raspberries are believed to ease the birth process, there is a lack of sufficient research to prove their effectiveness and the right time to consume them among pregnant women (4).
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(1999); Raspberry leaf and its effect on labour: safety and efficacy.
- 3 Power Foods That Will Change The Way You Eat During Pregnancy.
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- Lone Holst et al.
(2009); Raspberry leaf – Should it be recommended to pregnant women?
Did you enjoy eating raspberries during pregnancy? Did you experience any benefits? Fellow moms would like to hear from you. So, leave a comment below.
Moloko Mehlape(MSc Dietetics)
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