Is it healthy to eat cherries during pregnancy

Yes, it is healthy to eat cherries during pregnancy. They are full of nutrients, do not avoid them unless you are allergic to them.

Benefits of Eating cherries During Pregnancy:

  • Cherries increases immunity abundantly, as they have vitamin C, increase brain health, prevent gestational diabetes.
  • Cherries makes you feel energetic, maintain blood pressure levels, help in getting proper sleep as it contains an antioxidant.
  • Cherries increase the blood pumping to the fetus which is good, also acts as an expectorant which relieves cold, cough, bronchitis & asthma.
  • Cherries avoid constipation due to the fiber present in it, does not let you gain weight as they are low on calories.
  • Cherries relieve pains & cure migraines.

Disadvantages of Eating cherries During Pregnancy:

  • Some people are allergic to cherries.

Recommended Time to Eat cherries?

  • Cherries as morning or evening snacks are also recommended.

Tips to select right cherries to eat during pregnancy:

  • Only eat pitted cherries as the leaves, bark and fruit pits have a poisonous chemical.
  • Do not eat if you have gestational diabetes.    

NOTE: It is always safe to consult your doctor before adding or removing any foods during pregnancy.

Alternatives to cherries:

If you’re allergic to cherries you can also use these alternatives.

  1. Raspberries – contain high amount of folate, dietary fiber, manganese, iron, etc
  2. Strawberries – contain folic acid, vitamin C, etc

 

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