Diet intake for pregnant women is different from people in general. Not only to support their health, pregnant women also need nutritional intake that can maintain their fetal growth and development.
Avocados are one of the recommended fruits in the diet of pregnant women. Avocados contain fat that the body needs to increase levels of good cholesterol.
Citing various sources, the following are a series of avocado benefits for pregnant women.
1. Against ‘morning sickness’
Pregnancy is an important period for women. Pregnant women will be attacked by ‘morning sickness’ aka nausea and vomiting which is very disturbing in the early days of pregnancy.
Quoting the Huffington Post, Anar Allidina, a dietitian based in New York, United States, said that avocados are fruits that are rich in fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6. A row of content that helps pregnant women fight ‘morning sickness’ aka complaints of nausea and vomiting.
2. Helps absorption of nutrients
Various nutrients that enter will function optimally if the body is able to absorb properly. A pregnant woman needs to combine her intake with avocado for the absorption of nutrients.
Quoting Curejoy, avocados contain carotenoids which can dissolve in fat so as to optimize nutrient absorption. Carotenoids are also able to reduce the risk of cancer and eye disease.
3. Prevent abnormalities in babies
The content of folate in avocados can help the development of the fetus and prevent abnormalities in new born babies.
Folic acid helps the development of the spine, brain, and skull bones of the fetus. Its formation begins in the first four weeks during pregnancy.
Pregnant women are advised to take a multivitamin with folic acid content of 400 micrograms per day. It can be filled with some 136 gram skinless avocado and seeds containing 121 micrograms of folic acid.
4. Prevent cramps
Normally, pregnant women often experience cramps in the legs. To prevent cramps, pregnant women are advised to consume foods that are high in potassium and low in salt such as avocados.