The old adage 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' may be taken with a grain of salt nowadays, but there's still a lot to be said for tucking into this delicious fruit while expecting.
Sticking to a healthy nutrition plan while pregnant can be difficult after a long hard day, but if you consider the numerous benefits associated with this tasty treat then you'll find yourself reaching for one more regularly than you might think.
With pregnancy taking a toll on certain parts of your body during your exciting nine-month journey, it's important you try to keep yourself and your baby in tip-top condition, and keeping your fruit bowl stocked is just one simple way of doing so!
Here are just five benefits of tucking in!
1. Protects baby against illness
According to recent research, regularly consuming apples during pregnancy can lower your child's risk of developing asthma.
Studies have shown that the children of women who tucked into four or more apples a week were a whopping 50% less likely to develop the illness than those who did not.
2. High in calcium
As any mum-to-be knows, including calcium in your diet is a vital step during pregnancy
As apples are rich in this particular mineral, you can be sure you're getting a good dose by stocking up at the greengrocer.
3. Prevent against diabetes
Consuming apples can help maintain a healthy blood sugar level which in turn helps to prevent against gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is common during pregnancy, so be sure to keep this in mind.
4. Nourishes skin
Many women notice a change in skin tone and complexion during their pregnancy, so why not regularly tuck into a juicy apple in order to keep yourself looking and feeling fantastic?
Chock-full of vitamins which are known to work wonders on the skin means an apple is the perfect snack when you're expecting!
5. Prevents against anaemia
Anaemia is caused by low iron levels so it's vital you keep stock of this while carrying your child.
As apples are rick in iron, there's no simpler way to prevent against anaemia.