Cranberries during pregnancy

Cranberries during pregnancy

Cranberry, which we know colloquially as Karounde, contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. All these things control the free radicals in the body and also cure many problems. Consuming cranberries helps to effectively cure infections during pregnancy. However, there are some disadvantages of eating cranberries during pregnancy. If a pregnant woman has diabetes then she should not eat cranberry as it is high in sugar content and it can raise the blood sugar level and cause more harm than good in women. Apart from this, eating excessive amounts of cranberries during pregnancy can also cause diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headache and frequent urination, which increases the discomforts of pregnant women. 

Cranberries during pregnancy
Cranberries during pregnancy

Calories and Nutritional Values ​​in Cranberries 

Cranberry is a sour berry and is consumed in the form of juice with the addition of sweeteners or other fruits. How much nutrition is there in about 100 grams of cranberry, it is mentioned in the table below, let’s find out;

Nutrition (per 100 grams)Quantity 
calories 46 
Water90%
carbohydrates12 grams
Sugar (simple sugars – sucrose, glucose and fructose)4 grams 
fiber5 grams
Protein, Fat, Omega-3 and Omega-6 Nominally

Benefits of Eating Cranberries and Drinking Cranberry Juice During Pregnancy 

Pregnancy is a time when women need more nutrition in the form of vitamins and minerals in the body. Therefore, by eating different types of fruits daily, the development of the child is healthy and fast and there is no problem or infection in the pregnant woman. Gooseberry is also one such fruit in pregnancy, eating which gives many benefits and reduces all the problems. Some of the benefits of eating gooseberry or cranberry are as follows;

1. Helps heal inflammation

There is a lot of inflammation in the body during pregnancy, due to which women can get many diseases, such as heart disease, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, allergies etc. It is said that cranberries are rich in antioxidants which protect the cells in the body from free radical damage. These antioxidants help reduce inflammation naturally. 

2. Immunity is strong 

Women’s immunity often becomes weak during pregnancy and after delivery. Cranberries are rich in proanthocyanidins (compounds found in fruits and flowers) that help keep the body’s immunity strong. Apart from this, cranberry does not allow bacteria to grow or collect in the intestinal wall. It increases immunity-boosting bacteria and keeps the body away from all diseases and ailments. 

3. U.T.I. (urinary tract infection) does not occur 

During pregnancy, the size of the uterus increases, due to which there is pressure on the bladder and due to this, the urine gets blocked from the bladder. This can cause infection in the urinary tract. Some of the oxidants present in cranberry destroy some of the bacteria stuck in the urinary tract, which helps to reduce the chances of infection.

4. Beneficial for oral hygiene 

Some women have dental problems during pregnancy. At this time, if you eat a handful of gooseberry or drink its juice (250 ml) throughout the day, it can cure dental problems, plaque and cavity problems.

5. Constipation does not happen 

Constipation is very common in pregnancy. The amount of fiber in gooseberry is very high, which helps in curing the problem of constipation. 

6. Keeps the body hydrated 

Keeping the body hydrated is very important, especially during pregnancy. Fresh cranberries contain about 90% water. Therefore, eating it regularly helps the body stay hydrated. 

7. Water retention (edema) does not happen 

Edema is very common during pregnancy. Cranberry juice is naturally diuretic, so consuming it regularly during pregnancy can reduce or cure water retention. 

According to a 2013 study, there is no harm to the growing baby by eating cranberries during pregnancy – at that time it was reported in the study that eating cranberries can lead to stillbirth, low birth weight, premature birth, There are no such problems as the child dying at the time of birth. It was also reported in that study that eating cranberries during pregnancy is completely safe. 

Risks of Eating Cranberries During Pregnancy 

It is said that consuming cranberries during pregnancy has amazing benefits. It can reduce all the problems related to pregnancy. Although it is also said that there can be some dangers by eating it. If pregnant women consume it in excessive quantity, then it can also cause many problems to them. Therefore, it is very important to be careful while eating cranberries during pregnancy. Here are some risks of eating cranberries during pregnancy, let’s find out;

  • Eating too many cranberries or drinking cranberry juice can cause loose motions or diarrhea. 
  • Taking too many cranberry tablets can increase oxalic acid in the urine, which increases the risk of kidney stones. 
  • If a pregnant woman has liver or stomach ulcer problem then she should not eat cranberry in any way. 

Cranberry recipes for pregnant women 

Cranberry is the best fruit to satisfy the cravings for sour food during pregnancy. Women often eat it only to reduce the problem of nausea. Here are some of its recipes, let’s find out;

1. Cranberry Pickles 

Pickle is made by mixing mustard oil and spices in cranberry. It is very easy to make and can be eaten with muri (puffed rice), paratha or dal rice. 

Material 

  • Cranberries: 500 grams 
  • Mustard oil: 500 ml 
  • Mustard seeds: 2 tbsp 
  • Cumin: 5 tbsp 
  • Coriander seeds: 4 tbsp 
  • Fenugreek seeds: 1 tbsp 
  • Chili powder: 2 tbsp (as per taste)
  • Salt: as per taste 

Method 

  • First of all, wash and dry the cranberries thoroughly. 
  • Now cut it into 2 parts. 
  • Now add chili and salt to it. Now cover it with a muslin cloth and keep it in the sun for some time and keep stirring it in between. 
  • You keep it in the sun for about 5 to 7 days until it dries completely. 
  • Roast all the whole spices and grind them into powder. 
  • Combine the cranberries, mustard oil and ground spices in a glass jar and mix well. 
  • Shake the jar well once and enjoy the taste of the pickle. 

2. Cranberry juice 

Is it safe to drink cranberry juice during pregnancy? Yes, but it would be better to drink in moderation. This can cure many problems and diseases that occur during pregnancy.

Material 

  • Cranberry 
  • Water 
  • Sugar syrup or honey (optional)

Method 

  • First, put water and cranberries in a large pan and bring the mixture to a boil. 
  • Now reduce the flame and cook it till it bursts open and becomes soft. 
  • After cooking, filter it with a muslin cloth or strainer. 
  • If the juice is too sour, you can add sugar syrup or honey to it. 
  • If you want, you can also add any other juice to it.  

3. Cranberry Jam 

This is one of the easiest and tastiest recipes to make using cranberries. 

Material 

  • Fresh Cranberries: 250 grams
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 1 cup 
  • Jaggery: 2 cups
  • Vinegar: ½ cup 
  • Cardamom: ½ tsp 

Method 

  • First of all, wash the cranberries and boil them till the top layer comes off. 
  • Now make puree of half cooked cranberries. 
  • Add sugar, jaggery, vinegar, cardamom powder in a pan and bring it to a boil. 
  • Now add cranberries to it and cook till its consistency becomes jam-like. 

Cranberry is also known as the wonder berry as it helps in curing many such problems which weaken the body, increase sensitivity and weaken immunity during pregnancy. However, eating too much of it can also cause discomfort. Hence, consult a doctor and exercise caution before including cranberries in your diet during pregnancy.