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10 health benefits of eating bananas during pregnancy

Living - By Yvonne Miranda | September 20th 2018 at 07:50:00 GMT +0300

An exciting period for the mother-to-be, is a time to eat healthy to ensure that the baby gets all the nutrients it needs to grow in the womb.

Bananas provide the baby with minerals and vitamins necessary for its growth.

1. Boosts hemoglobin

Iron deficiency is the most common cause of low hemoglobin levels, according to the National Anemia Action Council.

Most pregnant women suffer from anaemia because hemoglobin levels are usually quite low. Eating bananas helps to boost hemoglobin levels in the body which increase red blood cells in the blood and hence levels of hemoglobin are boosted. This prevents various kinds of complications in pregnancy.

2. Relieves Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy

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Morning sickness is common in pregnant women.

Consuming bananas at this time of pregnancy helps in minimizing morning sickness considerably and combats nausea and vomiting successfully.

3. Great source of folic acid

The bananas are necessary for the development of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

Bananas help to prevent folic acid deficiency which causes a baby to be born prematurely, it also reduces the risk of birth defects.

4.Boosts energy

Bananas are high in carbohydrates as they contain simple sugars like glucose, fructose and sucrose that can be metabolized quickly by the body to provide an immediate energy boost.

5.Help in Development of the Baby’s Nervous System

Bananas are a rich source of the water-soluble vitamin B6 that is necessary for the development of the central nervous system of the baby. Regular consumption in the first trimester of pregnancy is beneficial for the baby’s brain and nerve development.

6. Boosts digestion

Bananas provide lots of dietary fiber and potassium, an essential mineral. Both fiber and potassium are beneficial to your digestive system, helping keep it functioning smoothly. Bananas are also a rich source of pectin, which helps in normalizing the process of digestion.

7. Helps in development of bones

Bananas are an excellent source of calcium, which is necessary for the development of strong bones in both the baby and the mother. Calcium is also necessary for regulation of muscle contraction in the body.

8. Prevents constipation problems

Abdominal bloating is controlled and smooth bowel movement is ensured with the eating of bananas. Banana is rich in fiber content and hence promotes bowel movements.

9. Is a rich source of antioxidants

They help in fighting free radical damage in the body and provides protection from cellular damage. Antioxidants play an important role in improving the immune system of the fetus.

10. Increases appetite

For pregnant who suffer loss of appetite, they should consume bananas which helps boost their urge to eat.

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