Diet intake for pregnant women is different from people in general. Not only to support their health, pregnant women also need nutrition that can maintain the growth and development of the fetus.
Avocados are one of the recommended fruits in the diet of pregnant women. Avocados contain fats that the body needs to increase levels of good cholesterol.
Citing various sources, here are a series of avocado benefits for pregnant women.
1. Against ‘morning sickness’
Pregnancy is an important time for women. Pregnant women will be attacked by ‘morning sickness’ aka nausea and vomiting which is very disturbing in the early days of pregnancy.
Citing Huffington Post, Anar Allidina, a dietitian based in New York, United States, said that avocados are fruits that are rich in fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6. A series of content that helps pregnant women fight ‘morning sickness’ aka complaints of nausea and vomiting.
2. Helps absorption of nutrients
Various nutrients that enter will function optimally if the body is able to absorb properly. A pregnant woman needs to combine her intake with avocados for the absorption of nutrients.
Quoting Curejoy, avocados contain carotenoids which can dissolve in fat thus optimizing the absorption of nutrients. Carotenoids are also able to reduce the risk of cancer and eye disease.
3. Prevent abnormalities in infants
The folate content in avocados can help the development of the fetus and prevent abnormalities in newborn babies.
Folic acid helps the development of the spine, brain and skull in the fetus. Its formation begins in the first four weeks during pregnancy.
Pregnant women are advised to take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid per day. It can be filled with several skinless avocados and 136 grams of seeds containing 121 micrograms of folic acid.
4. Prevents cramps
Usually, pregnant women often experience cramps in the legs. To prevent cramps, pregnant women are advised to eat foods that are high in potassium and low in salt such as avocados.
A total of 30 grams of avocado contains about 152 milligrams of potassium and only 2 milligrams of salt.