Why is watermelon useful during pregnancy?
The watermelon itself is extremely useful for any healthy person. The main part of watermelon is, of course, water. But the red pulp is not devoid of useful substances. Vitamins (A, C, B1, B2, PP, folic acid), minerals (magnesium, potassium, iron, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, fluorine, copper, iodine, cobalt), organic acids, fiber and other useful components.
As you can see, during the period of pregnancy watermelon is also extremely useful and can serve a good service. Doctors do not just prohibit, but strongly recommend that all pregnant women who do not have the above contraindications, eat watermelon in their food. And such recommendations have well-founded medical arguments:
- Watermelon promotes the removal of excess fluid from the body, and therefore - fights against swelling and prevents their appearance.
- Watermelon cleanses the body of toxins, toxins, harmful salts, sand.
- Watermelon improves metabolism and improves the digestive system.
- Watermelon serves to prevent constipation.
- Watermelon helps with iron deficiency anemia.
- Watermelon saturates the mother and fetus with useful substances.
- Watermelon has a beneficial effect on the nervous system.
Is it possible to watermelon during pregnancy?
All this is true and all this is very important during pregnancy. But there is another side to the coin. This is the quality of watermelons eaten. And here everything depends on a few moments.
First, it is the naturalness of the product. We all know that watermelons are generously seasoned with nitrates and other chemical additives. For any person such a watermelon carries a great danger, but if it is a pregnant woman, the situation becomes more serious doubly. And because nitrate watermelons for future mothers are contraindicated and strictly prohibited! To avoid stumbling upon such a "bomb", never buy watermelons before the end of August. Like any other fruits, vegetables and berries, watermelon is necessary and can be eaten only in the season of its ripening, and this is the end of summer - the beginning of autumn. And even during this period you are not immune to nitrate surprises. Therefore, learn how to recognize them "by sight":
- Such bad watermelons, when tapping on the surface, emit a muffled sound, like from a deflated ball (and not as from a hollow container).
- When squeezing a watermelon, it does not crackle, but it seems soft.
- In the section, the normal watermelon pure from nitrates is slightly heterogeneous in color.
- The slice of a nitrate watermelon is almost perfectly smooth.
- The veins must be thin and white, hard and yellowish - a bad sign.
In addition, to check the quality of watermelon, you can throw a piece of pulp into a glass of water. If the water turns pink or red, do not even try the berry. A good option - before you eat a watermelon, feed them a husband or any other relative and check the reaction.
Remember also that the threat poses not only nitrates, but also microbes that develop very fast with heat in a juicy berry. Therefore, before cutting the watermelon, very well wash it with soap under running water. And cut and do not buy.
You can store the half-eaten watermelon only in the refrigerator and not more than a day.It is not only right to choose and store it correctly, but it is also there.
Doctors do not advise to take a great interest in this berry: after all, a sleepless night is a minimum, which can then be disturbed, because it has pronounced diuretic effects. But pregnant women rarely deny themselves the pleasure to quench their thirst with a cold piece of sweet flesh. Ask your doctor about the safe for you number of watermelon, eaten at one time: one advise 700-800 g, the other - no more than 2 pieces.
Many people like to eat a watermelon in a snack with bread. In this case, white bread is more preferable, because in a company with a black watermelon can provoke an exacerbation of gastric diseases and disorders.
It is best to eat watermelon separately from other drinks and foods, but even so it is capable of disrupting the intestinal function and increasing the formation of gases, while in pregnant women, in addition, it also causes painful sensations. As the watermelon accelerates intestinal peristalsis, its abuse can result in the development of diarrhea and, consequently, the loss of a large amount of fluid (especially when combined with the diuretic effect of watermelon on the body).
Thus, the striped berry can pose a certain danger to people suffering from stomach disorders and colitis, as well as in which the outflow of urine is disturbed. If there are stones in the kidneys, it is necessary to eat watermelon very carefully. All the rest are encouraged to use seasonal watermelon for general health promotion and treatment of specific diseases, but if possible, it is better to eat homemade, not treated with chemicals watermelons.
Still, always take precautions and think first with your head, and then with your stomach. As soon as you feel something is wrong after drinking watermelon - just drink activated charcoal and a lot of water.