When you talk about 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. But, eating raspberry during pregnancy – are they safe?
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.
Raspberries are a 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 microelements and have therefore been used as medicines for centuries.
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.
Raspberries not only enhance your delicacies, but also come with a lot of health benefits during pregnancy. Some of the common health benefits 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.
Raspberries have a higher iron content than other fruits. As a result, eating the fruit during pregnancy helps boost your hemoglobin count while protecting you from anemia and fatigue, and dizziness associated with it.
Raspberry contains folic acid that prevents neural tube birth defects and cardiovascular defects in unborn babies. Besides, it contains iron that helps erythrocytes to carry oxygen to the fetus.
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 fetus 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 raspberries 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.
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:
Here are some healthy ways to consume raspberry during pregnancy.
Red raspberry leaf tea is a herbal tea made from the raspberry plant’s leaves. Tea has always been used for therapeutic purposes. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Raspberry tea has been shown to improve uterine health by increasing blood flow and strengthening the uterine walls. This could help enhance the efficacy of labor contractions.
According to studies, drinking Raspberry tea from 32 weeks of pregnancy until labor helps to shorten the second stage of labor by about 10 minutes. It may also reduce the need for labor interventions significantly.
However, due to a lack of research, it is unknown whether red raspberry leaf tea is completely safe during pregnancy. It is also best not to drink during the early stages of pregnancy due to its uterine stimulating properties.
So, if you decide to drink red raspberry leaf tea, it’s best to wait until you’re around 32 weeks pregnant and to do so in moderation. Start with one cup a day and gradually increase this to two or possibly three cups a day as the due date approaches.
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!
Yes they are. These leaves are in fact very healthy and have a lot of benefits for pregnant women. It can strengthen the muscles in the uterus, thus making labor pains more bearable.
Yes it definitely can. These fruits are rich in folic acid and are a rich source of iron. They are rich in antioxidants too.
Vaginal infections can be due to yeast which can survive in your gut. Regular consumption of raspberries can improve your gut health. Pregnant women can have fresh raspberries or even a refreshing raspberry tea.
Raspberries can help strengthen your uterus. It can help it recover faster after a surgery. However there are contrasting views to this. Please consult your doctor for better guidance.