Introducing Prunes as a Health Benefit for New Moms

by Geetu Amarnani,Clinical Nutritionist 2/22/2010 5:28:00 PM

Pregnancy is a time of joyful anticipation.But this joy may be mingled with a bit of awe and anxiety over the responsibility of nurturing another human life.

Eating Right for Both

Every day, the baby  grows and develops within the mother’s body. She/he is counting on the mother to provide the nourishment she/he needs.  So it's up to the mom to eat right, for both !

There are a lot of good reasons why prunes can play an important role in the health of women during pregnancy and nursing. Pregnant women need fluids to carry nutrients through the body and to wash away waste products. Nursing mothers also need fluids to aid in producing milk. Nutrient rich natural prunes serve as an ideal source for fluids – there’s nothing artificial and no added sugar.

Iron is important to enrich a mother’s blood supply. Baby must store extra iron for the first four to six months when his/her diet consists of breast milk, which has little iron. Prunes are considered a good source of iron and potassium.

Constipation is common during pregnancy. After pregnancy, a woman who has had an episiotomy may be fearful of bowel movement because of her stitches. Many women find that prunes prevent constipation, which may also prevent formation of painful hemorrhoids.

California Prunes : More good news about nutrition

  • California Prunes have vitamin A, important for healthy eyes and skin, vision, growth, reproduction and the immune system.
  • California Prunes contain potassium, necessary for nerve impulses and muscle contractions and magnesium, vital to many basic metabolic functions, as well as to maintain the health of bones, nerves and muscles.
  • California Prunes provide iron, a crucial nutrient for red blood cells, which transport oxygen to tissues throughout the body.
  • California Prunes contain copper, which helps the body to metabolize and use carbohydrates to generate body energy.
  • California Prunes contain soluble fiber, pectin that helps reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels and also may help control blood sugar (glucose) levels in people with diabetes.  California Prunes also contain insoluble fiber, which may protect against certain types of cancer.
  • California Prunes rank number one in antioxidant power compared to a wide variety of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables, on an "as consumed" basis.
  • California Prunes can contribute to healthier bones and help win the battle against Osteoporosis.

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