When you talk of summer, you automatically think of delicious fruits you can indulge in. Among the many that cross your mind, raspberry comes in when you think of dessert dishes and you can’t help drooling. Raspberries are a hit among children and adults alike and are easily available in many parts of the world. Women of all ages can eat raspberries and drink the very popular raspberry red tea for heart problems and vitamin deficiency. What about pregnant women? Is it safe for them too?Read on to know all about it.
- What Are Raspberries?
- Is It Safe To Eat Raspberries During Pregnancy?
- Benefits Of Raspberry During Pregnancy
- Side Effects of Consuming Raspberries During Pregnancy
- How To Consume Raspberry During Pregnancy?
What Are Raspberries?
Raspberries are delicious and edible fruit. It is available in a variety of colors. Red and pink varieties are the most popular, but do you know that there are over 200 varieties of raspberries in the world, which include black, purple and yellow ones too?
Raspberries are not just used as cake toppings, but can be used in doughnut filling or simply eaten raw. You wouldn’t believe that these beautiful, yet small fruits are packed with powerful micro elements and have therefore been used as medicines for centuries.
Is It Safe To Eat Raspberries During Pregnancy?
Yes, it is absolutely safe to eat raspberries during pregnancy. Raspberries are healthy during pregnancy, but be careful that you wash each and every berry before eating it so that you get rid of any pesticides or parasites.
Benefits Of Raspberry During Pregnancy
Not only raspberries enhance your delicacies, but they also come with a lot of health benefits during pregnancy. Some of the common health benefit of raspberry during pregnancy are listed below:
- It is believed that red raspberries help ease labor pain. Actually, more than the fruit it is the leaf that strengthens the uterine muscles, boosts the immune system and tones the pelvic floor to prepare it for delivery
- Leaves of red raspberries are known to be good to ease cramps, nausea, fatigue and pain during pregnancy. Drinking raspberry tea prevents hemorrhage
- Raspberry contains folic acid that prevents neural tube birth defects, cardiovascular defects, urinary tract problems and preeclampsia in your baby. Besides, it contains iron that helps erythrocytes to carry oxygen to the baby
- Raspberries are known to be a rich source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Therefore, make sure to include raspberries in your list of “to eat” fruits to ward off diseases and infections and keep your baby safe
- Simple respiratory problems like cough, cold and sore throat can be effectively cured by eating raspberries
- Most pregnant women experience vaginal infections, which may be itchy and sometimes painful. But raspberries are a wonderful home remedy to relieve infections as it prevents the growth of certain bacteria and fungi in your body
- Antioxidants and phytonutrients in raspberry ensure that you are protected from cancer while you are expecting
- Raspberries are rich in dietary fiber and manganese that keep digestive problems at bay during pregnancy. What’s more, it ensures that you maintain a high metabolic rate
- These juicy fruits are also known to ease morning sickness and soothing/preventing bleeding gums
Side Effects of Consuming Raspberries During Pregnancy
Despite the numerous health benefits, pregnant women must be cautious when consuming raspberries and must consult their doctors first if they want to include the fruit or enjoy the therapeutic tea. It is felt that in some women it could lead to nausea, diarrhea, allergies, sneezing and rashes. Besides the leaves contain a high amount of tannin which might cause constipation. So, to include it in your diet, you must know what the permissible amount is and only your doctor can advise you on that.
Some doctor’s caution against consuming raspberry tea/leaf if:
- You’ve had a C-section before or are due to have a C-section due to a medical reason
- You’ve had preterm labor earlier
- You’re expecting twins
- You’ve had high blood pressure throughout or vaginal bleeding in the latter half of your pregnancy
- You or someone in your family has had ovarian cancer, endometriosis or fibroid
How To Consume Raspberry During Pregnancy?
- For raspberry tea, you can use one teaspoon of leaves to prepare 1 cup and add honey/sugar. You could have 2-3 cups/day after 28 weeks. If you have raspberry tea bags, you could have 1 cup/day during the first trimester and increase it to 2 and more in the second and third trimesters
- You could mix fresh berries with sour cream and have it for breakfast
- You could also add raspberries, honey and chopped mint to your yogurt and use it as topping for puffs/sandwiches
- Raspberry jam with bread is yummy too
A Word of Caution
If possible go for organic raspberries that are safe, but if that is not easily available, then make sure you wash them gently, yet thoroughly remove any traces of parasites and bacteria that could cause Toxoplasmosis and listeriosis.
Pregnancy is a time when your taste buds long for different kinds of flavors—sometimes sweet and sometimes sour and tangy. With a little bit of caution and if consumed in permissible limits, almost all fruits and vegetables are deemed safe. Don’t ignore your cravings-stay safe and enjoy your pregnancy!