A Surprising Pregnancy Superfood

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All through fall we are surrounded by pumpkin products: pumpkin lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, but what’s the deal? Is pumpkin good for your pregnancy? 

The answer, it’s more than good, pumpkin is a pregnancy superfood! The crunchy seeds and delicious pumpkin meat are a great source of vital nutrients. It’s safe to eat the seeds of both carving and sweet pie pumpkins. If you’re looking to make a pumpkin treat from scratch, go for a sweet pie pumpkin, the meat is sweeter and less stringy than your run-of-the-mill carving pumpkin.

Nutrients in pumpkin seeds:  

  • Roasted or raw they are a great source of protein, this means you’ll be fuller longer!
  • Magnesium works with calcium to strengthen bones and lowers your risk of preeclampsia.
  • Zinc is needed to build your baby’s DNA.
  • A low fiber diet can cause some constipation issues, luckily these seeds are a great source of fiber.
  • Omega 3’s support baby’s brain and eye development, so you know these are a smart snack!
  • Folate promotes overall growth and development of your little one.

Nutrients in pumpkin meat:

  • Protein and fiber make this a satisfying treat.
  • Vitamin C helps your immune system kick those colds to the curb.
  • Beta Carotene helps promote healthy development of your bundle’s organs and systems.
  • More potassium than a banana! Potassium helps to maintain healthy muscles.  


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