TASTY: Should you eat mangoes during pregnancy?

mangoes during pregnancy

Yes it is that time of the year!!! Yes it is time for some mangoes!!! Summer pregnancy will make it difficult for you to ignore the temptation of eating mangoes. Should you avoid eating mangoes during pregnancy, or is it safe to consume? Let’s read about it:

Benefits of Mangoes

  • Mangoes are an excellent source of vitamin A.
  • They is also rich in pre-biotic fibre.
  • They contain flavonoids like alpha carotene, beta cryptoxanthin and beta carotene.
  • Mangoes have large amount of vitamin C, which is a very beneficial antioxidant.
  • They also contain considerable amount of folate, copper, and also of potassium.

How are mangoes during pregnancy helpful?

Mangoes are a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Let’s take a look at how can mangoes during pregnancy be beneficial:

Vitamin A

Mangoes are a great source of Vitamin A.

  • Vitamin A aids in vision.
  • It helps strengthen the immune system.
  • Vitamin A helps in the embryonic growth of the foetus during pregnancy.
  • It is crucial in keeping mucus membrane and skin healthy.
  • The carotene content in mangoes is also crucial for prevention of various diseases.
  • It helps in development of heart, lungs, kidneys, bones and eyes.
  • It also helps in the development of various body systems such as the respiratory system, central nervous system and cardiac system.

Fibre

The fibre content in mangoes keeps you full for a longer duration.

  • It maintains the digestive system.
  • Pregnant women suffer from constipation during the first trimester of pregnancy. Having fibre-rich fruit like mangoes will help prevent constipation.
  • It is also a great way to lower the blood pressure to normal levels.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant.

  • It helps in strengthening the immune system.
  • Vitamin C also strengthens the cognitive and neurological functions.
  • It helps in collagen formation and wound healing.
  • It scavenges oxygen free radicals which makes the body safe against degenerative diseases such as cancer.
  • Vitamin C also keeps the gums and teeth of the mother and the baby healthy.
  • It also helps in absorption of iron, which the mother requires in high amounts to overcome pregnancy-related anaemia.
  • Vitamin C plays an important role in tissue repair, bone growth and formation of healthy skin.

Potassium

It helps in controlling the heart rate and blood pressure.

  • As the volume of blood pumped increases during pregnancy, your body needs extra minerals.
  • Potassium helps in striking the right balance between fluid and electrolyte balance
  • It sends nerve impulses and maintains muscle contractions.
  • It also helps in relieving pregnancy cramps.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 plays an important role in cognitive development and maintains normal nerve functioning.

  • It helps in maintaining healthy immune function.
  • Studies have shown that vitamin B6 can help in relieving you from morning sickness and nausea, which is very common during pregnancy.
  • It also helps in formation of red blood cells and neurotransmitters. These help in the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system.

Copper

Copper is an important nutrient needed for blood cell formation.

  • It helps in formation of various important organs like heart, blood vessels and skeletal system.
  • It also helps in maintain the bone health of the expecting mother.

Folate

Folate plays a crucial role during pregnancy and your doctor might have probably put you on a folate supplement already.

  • Deficiency of folate may lead to brain and spinal cord defects in the baby.
  • Folate helps in formation of red blood cells and DNA.
  • It also helps in the functioning of cardiac system.

Summary

Both ripe and unripe mangoes are safe to consume during pregnancy. The ripe fruits contain natural sugars, a great alternative to high-calorie desserts. The ripe mangoes stimulate appetite, aid digestion and are good for the skin.

As pregnancy is a very crucial time, we would suggest you to recommend your doctor before making any dietary decisions.