Nothing says summer like a crunchy, juicy wedge of watermelon, and the benefits are even sweeter for pregnant women. The high water content combats dehydration, while potassium regulates the body's water to keep both retention and muscle cramps at bay. High levels of the antioxidant lycopene boost immunity to infections and lower your chances of getting sick. Lycopene may also kick up your skin's protection against UV rays while you're lounging by the pool or on a tropical babymoon.
Whether you nosh on guacamole and chips (yes, please!) or go the healthier route and chop up some cubes for a salad, you'll be reaping the folic-acid-filled benefits of this smooth, buttery fruit, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women are encouraged to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid or folate daily, starting at least one month before getting pregnant, in order to prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. The continued consumption of folate during pregnancy is essential for the development of your baby's nervous system. If you don't enjoy avocados plain, try our 10 Avocado Recipes.
Ugh, digestion can be finicky and unpleasant when you're pregnant, especially during your first trimester. But there's a delicious way to keep things moving. Mango contains enzymes that assist in breaking down protein, plus they are a natural source of fiber that will fill you up and keep you regular. Skin and freeze a few slices for a cool treat.
This fuzzy, brown-skinned fruit is filled with juicy, fleshy green goodness packed with vitamin C, which boosts immunity. Even better: The vitamin may also help prevent stretch marks on the abdomen since it is essential for generating collagen, otherwise known as the elastic-like material in skin. Combine the benefits of kiwi and mango with our Fruit Salsa recipe.
Experiencing insomnia? You're not alone. Try eating cherries for a delicious bedtime snack. Cherries contain a compound called melatonin, which is naturally produced by the pineal gland in the brain and helps the body know when it's time to sleep and wake up. Chomping on a few tart cherries before bed can increase melatonin for a better night's sleep.