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.