Pregnancy Related Nutrition Prunes or Prune Juice During Pregnancy

Prunes or Prune Juice During Pregnancy

Prunes have often been one of the sought-after remedies preferred by many women who have a tough time dealing with irregular bowel movements while pregnant.

Prunes During Pregnancy

Are prunes and prune juice good for pregnancy?

Prunes are safe during pregnancy, although in moderation. Being an excellent source of fiber, 50 gms of prunes (5-6 pcs) contain about 3.5 gms of the 15-20 gm dietary fiber you need when pregnant. Prune juice, however, contains less fiber than prunes since it is filtered. Prunes also contain sorbitol and phenolic compounds, which give them laxative properties.

Besides fiber, prunes also make up for around 7% of your daily requirement of vitamin A, 5% of vitamin B2, 5% of vitamin B6 and 32% of vitamin K.

Is it good for constipation while pregnant?

Studies have pointed out that having prunes has a positive impact on managing constipation. Though more research is warranted, many women have mentioned its effectiveness. Having about 2-6 prunes or drinking 3-5 ounces of prune juice may help to deal with your irregular bowel movements, according to some.

If you want to make prune juice at home, soak 5 to 6 prunes in warm water, mix it well in a blender, and season it with honey and cumin powder for taste.

How many prunes can you have?

It is recommended not to eat more than 6 prunes daily or drink more than 4 to 6 ounces of prune juice. Eating too many prunes may make you uncomfortable, especially if you are dehydrated, which is quite common during pregnancy.

When not to have prunes?

If you have chronic constipation or your bowel movements don’t get any better after having prunes or juice, stop consuming it and contact your healthcare provider.

References:

  1. https://stylesatlife.com/articles/prunes-during-pregnancy/
  2. https://www.beingtheparent.com/is-it-safe-to-eat-prunes-during-pregnancy/
  3. https://www.momjunction.com/articles/benefits-of-eating-prunes-during-pregnancy_00121210/

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