Pregnancy is a exciting moment. Choosing healthy foods is important for your health and your baby's. The pomegranate is a nutritious option that contains several important nutrients for you during your pregnancy. Eating or drinking your juice is probably safe during pregnancy, but until today the effect that the extract of the pomegranate could have is unknown. It is best to avoid the extract during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Half a cup of pomegranate arils contains five grams of fiber. Fiber is important during pregnancy to help prevent constipation, a problem for almost half of all pregnant women. The American Pregnancy Association recommends that pregnant women consume between 25 and 30 grams of fiber a day.
Iron and vitamin C
Pomegranate also contains iron and vitamin C. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 18% of pregnant women in industrialized countries have iron deficiency anemia. Iron deficiency anemia puts you at greater risk of having a premature birth or a low birth weight baby and can affect the overall health of your baby. Most doctors prescribe iron supplements for pregnant women to avoid anemia, but eating foods that contain iron can also guarantee that you have enough iron in your blood. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron, so that of the pomegranate will help your body absorb more iron in the fruit.
A study in mice found that pomegranate juice can protect a baby's brain while it is in the womb. DJ Loren and associates published a study in the journal "Pediatric Research" in June 2005 stating that the pomegranate juice given to pregnant mice decreased the damage of brain tissue when the brains of the offspring were deprived of oxygen. It was added to the water of the pregnant mice in three different doses. Those who drank the water that contains the most pomegranate juice had offspring with the least amount of brain tissue damage. It is unknown if the same result is valid for human babies.
According to MedlinePlus, some women use pomegranate to abort pregnancy. A study in March 2010 in "Reproductive Sciences" (Reproduction Sciences) found that the extract of pomegranate seed stimulates uterine contractions in rats. For this reason, it is best to avoid pomegranate extracts during pregnancy. According to the Maryland Medical Center, the pomegranate extracts contain the peel of the fruit, which stimulates uterine contractions.Eating the fruit or drinking the juice does not have the same effect. Therefore, eating pomegranate or drinking juice during pregnancy should be safe, says MedlinePlus.