6 Amazing Health Benefits Of Drinking Prune Juice While Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding mothers are often encouraged to follow a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to provide sufficient nutrition to their little ones. In this regard, drinking prune juice while breastfeeding is a good way to ensure your energy and nutrients are replenished while feeding your baby. Read this post to learn about the safeness and health benefits of consuming prunes and prune juice while breastfeeding.

What Are Prunes?

Prunes are dried plums, popular as European Plum. You prepare prune juice from dried plums, and it offers you lots of nutrients and energy. Vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients present in the prunes prevent health problems while breastfeeding (1).

Is It Safe To Eat Prunes Or Drink Prune Juice While Breastfeeding?

Yes, you can drink fresh prune juice and eat prunes while breastfeeding your infant. Drinking prune juice while nursing helps prevent and treat disorders like constipation. However, an excess of prunes or its juice can have a few side effects. Have a word with your doctor before you include prunes in your diet (2).

Health Benefits Of Drinking Prune Juice While Breastfeeding

High nutritional content in prunes helps you stay fit and healthy while nursing your baby. Here, we list some prominent health benefits of drinking prune juice while breastfeeding.

1. A cure for constipation

High fiber content in prunes helps prevent or treat the troubles resulting due to constipation during breastfeeding. Fresh juice of the nutritious fruit acts as a laxative and promotes smooth bowel movements. Drinking prune juice also prevents hemorrhoids, which develop due to chronic constipation (3).

2. Regulates the bladder functions

Constipation may result in compression over urinary bladder and increases the frequency of urination. You can find it difficult to regulate an overactive bladder. Prunes prevent constipation and promote normal functioning of your bladder while breastfeeding.

3. Promotes nerve impulses

Prunes are rich in mineral potassium. Potassium is a vital electrolyte that is essential for transmission of nerve impulses for carrying out various body functions. Drinking prune juice while breastfeeding will boost health of your nervous system and promotes healthy body functions (4).

4. Regulates weight gain

You can manage your weight by consuming dried plums while breastfeeding. A good intake of prunes helps you feel full for a long time, suppresses your hunger pangs, and regulates your weight gain. Also, prunes contain very low amount of fats that prevent you from turning obese while you are nursing your dear little one.

5. Prevents anemia

Prune juice is an excellent source of iron. Adequate intake of prune juice helps increase the amount of iron in your body. Good hemoglobin helps prevent the risk of effects of anemia, such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and irritability (5)

6. Minimize plaque deposition in arteries

You suffer from atherosclerosis, narrowing of arteries, due to plaque deposition. As a result, you suffer from the shortage of blood and oxygen to your body tissues that can lead to heart failure, heart attack, or stroke. Drinking prune juice is highly effective in slowing down the development of atherosclerosis. Potassium in prunes helps regulate your blood pressure substantially and prevents the risk of heart problems while breastfeeding (6).

7. Promotes muscle health

Several medical studies reveal that prunes are a rich source of minerals boron and potassium. Potassium promotes smooth muscle contractions, and boron helps in building strong muscles and bones while breastfeeding. Also, drinking prune juice helps treat osteoporosis substantially.

Prunes are a popular remedy for constipation for adults and kids. Prune juice helps regulate bladder function, promotes healthy body functions, serves as a healthy snack, controls weight gain, is a good source of iron, and promotes muscle health. It also helps treat osteoporosis, reduces the risk of cardiac problems, and regulates blood pressure. Like everything else, you should consume prunes in moderation. It is better to consult a nutritionist to know the safe amount of prunes you can consume when breastfeeding.

Key Pointers

  • Prune juice is dried plum juice packed with nutrients and vitamins that help you meet nutritional needs during breastfeeding.
  • Consuming moderate amounts of prune juice while breastfeeding helps to improve digestive issues and bladder functions and regulates weight gain in mothers.
  • Prune juice also promotes cardiovascular health, provides muscle strength, and protects from osteoporosis.

References:

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  1. Choose MyPlate: Daily Amounts During and After the Pregnancy.
    https://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/pdf/ChooseMyPlateFlyer912.pdf
  2. Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.
    https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/pregnancy-breastfeeding/
  3. Sun Hwan Bae; (2014); Diets for Constipation
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4291444/
  4. The Medicinal Properties of Prunes.
    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/64164568
  5. Anemia; Treatment and Management.
    https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/anemia/treatment
  6. Nancy J Aburto et al. (2013); Effect of increased potassium intake on cardiovascular risk factors and disease: systematic review and meta-analyses.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4816263/
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