Watermelons are often eaten when hot weather strikes. This water-rich fruit quickly gives a fresh taste even if it is not consumed in cold conditions. Watermelons are also known to be good for those who are dehydrated because fruit fluids do quickly replace body fluids.
Apparently watermelon also has a myriad of benefits for pregnant women. Reporting from various sources, there are 9 benefits that can be picked by pregnant women so that the pregnancy period can be passed with fun.
1. Reducing ‘morning sickness’
Freshness of watermelon can reduce morning sickness, aka nausea and discomfort in the stomach. Watermelon can be a menu to start the day. Pregnant women can eat it just like that or processed into juice. So as not to get bored, pregnant women can add a little lemon juice and salt, or just lemon juice to enrich the taste.
2. Prevent preeclampsia
Watermelon consumption is proven to prevent preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a complication in pregnancy. Signs of pregnant women experiencing high blood pressure (hypertension), seizures and edema (swelling due to accumulation of fluid in the tissue). Reporting from Fit Pregnancy, a study found that intake of lycopene through watermelon reduces preeclampsia by up to 50 percent.
Watermelon has diuretic properties or can increase urination rate. Watermelon consumption allows pregnant women to remove toxins from the body through urine. Furthermore, it can stimulate the kidneys work, purify the liver and reduce acid levels in the blood. However, pregnant women need to control the consumption of watermelons when pregnancy begins to enter the final tri-smester because a large stomach would go back and forth to the toilet would be a ‘homework’ of its own.
4. Reducing muscle cramps
Pregnancy inevitably makes the mother’s body undergo many changes. Increased body weight accompanied by hormonal changes resulting in muscle and bone pain. Eating watermelon can make the body adapt to changes in the body and reduce cramps.
5. Improve the immune system
Not only changes in the body, pregnancy also brings changes to the immune system or immune system. Watermelons with lycopene content or antioxidant components can build a pregnant woman’s immune system for the better.
6. Helps baby’s bone formation
Watermelon not only supports the health of the mother during pregnancy but also the fetus she is carrying. This fruit is high in calcium, potassium and minerals that can help the development of baby’s bones. Vitamins A, C, and B6 contribute to the development of a baby’s vision, brain and nerves.
7. Increase energy
Pregnant women are prone to experience fatigue and weakness due to running out of energy. No need to worry because watermelon which is rich in vitamins and minerals can be a powerful energy booster to prevent weakness.
8. Prevent dehydration
Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in water content. It is effective to overcome and prevent dehydration in pregnant women. Fruit liquid is indeed more easily absorbed by the body than plain water. Watermelon consumption also prevents mothers from being bored from the routine of drinking water every day.
9. Prevents pigmentation
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause pigmentation or skin discoloration. Usually the skin color will be normal after giving birth. But no need to wait until giving birth, pregnant women can prevent pigmentation by eating watermelon