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Watermelon is great for Pregnant Women!!

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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If you're pregnant, the benefits are even more delicious. Watermelon eases heartburn and reduces swelling; its high water content (92 percent) and fruit sugars alleviate morning sickness and dehydration; and the minerals it contains can help prevent third-trimester muscle cramps. Ounce for ounce, watermelon is richer than tomatoes in lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease, boosts the body's immunity to infections and naturally raises the skin's SPF, according to Steven Pratt, M.D., author of SuperFoods Rx (HarperCollins).

A study in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that daily lycopene supplements reduced the incidence of preeclampsia by 50 percent. Test subjects were given 4 milligrams of lycopene; a single serving of watermelon can have triple that amount. What's more, scientists have discovered that watermelon is packed with vitamins A, C and B6, as well as potassium and magnesium. These nutrients are important for the development of your baby's vision, brain, nervous and immune systems, and more. For you, potassium regulates water balance in the blood and body tissues during pregnancy. And you get all these benefits for less than 50 calories per cup.

An Easy Way To Ease Nausea
Some pregnant women swear that watermelon is all they can keep down when morning sickness kicks in. Perhaps the only thing more refreshing than a big slice is a glass of fresh watermelon juice or a watermelon ice pop--and making either is so easy.

To make juice, purée 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve (don't press the fruit through with a spoon, or the juice will be too fibrous). Discard the pulp. Serve the juice immediately or chill it, stirring well before serving. If desired, add 1 tablespoon citrus juice (such as lime, lemon or orange) to intensify the flavor. Makes 1 quart, or about 4 8-ounce cups.

To make ice pops, purée 4 cups frozen, seedless, cubed watermelon and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a blender. Pour purée into popsicle molds or 10 small paper cups. To forgo the fibers, strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve before pouring into molds. Top each cup with aluminum foil, making a small slice in the top of each with a knife and inserting a wooden stick. Place in freezer until hardened, then unmold when ready to eat. For variety, mix the purée with lemonade, sweetened low-fat yogurt, fruit juice or other fruit purées before freezing.
Makes 10 2 1/2 -ounce servings.

Recipes on the Link: http://www.fitpregnancy.com/nutrition-recipes/prenatal-nutrition/watermelon-wonders

by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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goddess99
by Michelle on Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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Yum. too bad I didn't know about this 11 years ago.

OliviaW.
by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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 I didn't know this but all I wanted when I was pregnant with both kids.  My husband would joke saying that I swallowed a watermelon.

mylilprincesses
by Paula on Aug. 31, 2012 at 4:58 PM

 this my first pregnancy that i crave watermelon.. i read this article sitting the doctors office yesterday and thought wow i knew there was good reason for wanting watermelon so much.

amirahsmommy11
by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM
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Good to know since I just cut up a huge watermelon and am 51/2 mo pregnant! Lol
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mylilprincesses
by Paula on Aug. 31, 2012 at 8:17 PM

 i am 7months pregnant.. last week i ate like half a watermelon in like 3days.. lol watermelon is my biggest craving yet..

Quoting amirahsmommy11:

Good to know since I just cut up a huge watermelon and am 51/2 mo pregnant! Lol

 

amirahsmommy11
by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 8:19 PM
Seriously I understand just looking at it in the store I was drooling and tasting it all the way home..ha...Congrats by the way!!!!!


Quoting mylilprincesses:

 i am 7months pregnant.. last week i ate like half a watermelon in like 3days.. lol watermelon is my biggest craving yet..


Quoting amirahsmommy11:

Good to know since I just cut up a huge watermelon and am 51/2 mo pregnant! Lol

 


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mylilprincesses
by Paula on Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:04 PM

 right! thank you. :)

Quoting amirahsmommy11:

Seriously I understand just looking at it in the store I was drooling and tasting it all the way home..ha...Congrats by the way!!!!!


Quoting mylilprincesses:

 i am 7months pregnant.. last week i ate like half a watermelon in like 3days.. lol watermelon is my biggest craving yet..


Quoting amirahsmommy11:

Good to know since I just cut up a huge watermelon and am 51/2 mo pregnant! Lol

 


 

rockabillybetty
by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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I ate soo much watermelon last night lol didnt kno it was so good to eat soo good stuff my bby craves it 24/7
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mylilprincesses
by Paula on Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:32 PM

 YAY i am not the only one who craves watermelon! lol :)

Quoting rockabillybetty:

I ate soo much watermelon last night lol didnt kno it was so good to eat soo good stuff my bby craves it 24/7

 

ABeautifulQadar
by on Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:59 PM
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Thanks for this! Im going to go cut up my watermelon now :)

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