You’re pregnant — and you’re absolutely right to be super vigilant about what you eat. Way to go! You have a developing baby to look after.
Kiwi — also called Chinese gooseberry because it originated in China — is packed with vitamins and minerals. Think vitamin C, A, E, K, folate, potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, and choline. To boot, kiwi fruit is low in sugars (compared to many other fruits) and fats, and contains a nice amount of dietary fiber.
Eat kiwi when it’s firm (not rock-hard) to the touch and you may also satisfy that sweet tooth that’s likely become more demanding since you got pregnant.
Rest easy: It’s safe for you to eat kiwi in pregnancy. In fact, it’s good for you!
The only exception would be if you have a kiwi allergy. This may be more likely if you’re allergic to latex. So be on the lookout for allergy symptoms — most commonly, skin rashes or swelling around the mouth — but if you’ve had no issues with kiwi in the past, it’s safe to continue enjoying it.
Let’s look at the benefits kiwi offers you in each trimester.
Folate. With the average kiwi containing about
Although researchers aren’t sure exactly how it works, folate (or its synthetic form, folic acid) is important in preventing neural tube defects (NTSs) in your baby. NTDs occur early, 4 to 6 weeks after your last period, so it’s important to take a supplement starting a month before you try to get pregnant.
Vitamin C. You’re looking at a whopping
Absorbing iron is important to prevent anemia during and after pregnancy. Ensuring that your iron levels are high is good for baby too. Iron helps the formation of neurotransmitters, which are important for good brain function.
Calcium. This isn’t just about bones and teeth. Your baby needs sufficient calcium to ensure the development of their muscles and heart too. An average kiwi contains
Dietary fiber. With
Vitamin A and zinc. Beginning in your second trimester, your needs for vitamin A, zinc, calcium, iron, iodine, and omega-3 fatty acids increase. Eat a kiwi and you’ve covered some of these needs. The average kiwi contains
Sugar content. This trimester is where you may start hearing about gestational diabetes. Kiwis are considered lower on the glycemic index than many other fruits, and
Vitamin K. The average fruit contains
Rarely, some people can develop an allergy to kiwi either after eating it or because they already have an allergy to pollen or latex. Stop eating kiwi if you:
- feel an itching in your mouth and throat
- develop hives or other inflammation
- experience stomach pain or vomit
Going back to China, where the kiwi fruit originated: Its original name in Chinese is mihoutao and refers to the fact that monkeys love kiwis. Guess there’s more to “Monkey see, monkey do”! Add this fruit to your diet and enjoy the benefits during pregnancy and beyond.