While you may realize that certain fruits are important for a healthy pregnancy, you may not realize why your doctor has told you to eat certain fruits. Vitamin C is essential for tissue repair,it is also known as ascorbic acid, It helps in wound healing, bone growth and repair, and gives a healthy skin. Vitamin C also helps your body fight infection and it acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage. Vitamin C is necessary for the body to make collagen, a structural protein that’s a component of cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin. Both you and your baby need this vitamin daily.
Some believe that vitamin C deficiencies in newborn babies can impair mental development. Oranges and Orange Juice are a great source of Folic Acid. Folic Acid helps prevent Neural tube defects and is especially recommended for the first trimester of pregnancy and specifically during the very start of a new pregnancy. Vitamin A is another important vitamin which is important to your baby’s body. Vitamin A can also help repair the body after childbirth so it’s great for both mommy and baby, though it is warned that overdosing on Vitamin A can cause birth defects and liver toxicity, you should consult your doctor if you are using supplements to obtain Vitamin A, Fruits with a good amount of Vitamin A include carrots, spinach, apricots, papaya, mango and peppers. A pregnant woman need at least 85 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day. Breastfeeding women should intake 120 mg of vitamin C.
Leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits are also excellent source of Vitamin C. Citrus fruits are especially high in vitamin C, but leafy greens and many other fruits and vegetables are also excellent sources. Some cereals and juices are fortified with vitamin C, too. Some studies show that vitamin C supplementation can reduce the incidence of premature rupture of the membranes. During pregnancy yogurt is a good source of protein, yogurt has more calcium than milk and it also contains active cultures that reduces the risk of yeast infections, Those who are lactose intolerant better avoid having Yogurt. Lentils also are a great source of folate and are rich in iron and protein. They’re also full of fiber, which can help prevent constipation. Broccoli is a good source of calcium, it is also packed with vitamin B6, vitamin C, Folate.