Prunes During Pregnancy: Prunes Are Rich In Nutrients And Good For Pregnancy

Prunes contain rich nutrients which are essential during pregnancy. Remember that the food you eat is the main source of energy for your baby growing inside. There is no special diet for a pregnant woman, but eating food that provides all the nutrients to your baby to develop and grow is recommended. For the first 3 months, the diet of a pregnant woman should include food rich in iron, folic acid and calcium. Therefore eating prunes during pregnancy gives all the required nutrients to the pregnant mother.



Prunes are of immense value during pregnancy for several reasons. Pregnant women usually experience constipation because the entire digestive system is influenced by hormonal changes during pregnancy. During pregnancy the body produces more oestrogen than normal to ensure proper fetal growth; however, these hormones tend to slow down the intestinal movements leading to constipation and hard stools. One of these hormones, called progesterone, acts by relaxing muscle. The outside wall of the bowels is made up of muscle which relaxes and is, therefore, less able to move food and bodily waste along.

Prunes Contain The Following Essential Nutrients Good For Pregnancy:   

  • Fiber:

Fiber is important because it pushes the intestines to work harder. It also absorbs liquid and ensures that the stool is soft. Prunes provide the critical amount of fiber required to help intestinal movement. Nausea (often accompanied by reflux) is common in the first trimester of pregnancy and may even carry forward to the advanced stages of pregnancy. Eating Prunes during pregnancy can provide a tasty and nutritive snack while providing several essential nutrients in significant quantities.

  • Iron:

Iron is a key nutrient that is needed to develop a healthy baby. Prunes contain high levels of iron that help build hemoglobin in both the mother and baby, which not only prevents anemia but builds immunity, and combats fatigue. Prunes help maintain energy levels and calm the nerves. Iron requirements go up significantly during pregnancy (from 18 mgs to 27 mgs), hence iron rich diet is recommended and because it is usually not possible to get this from your diet, it is recommended that an iron supplement be taken. However, this can lead to gastro intestinal irritation and further aggravate the situation. Having prune juice and prunes during pregnancy are a safe way of combating this issue.

  • Potassium:

Potassium in prunes is known to reduce high blood pressure and act as a natural depressant as anxiety levels can be extremely high during pregnancy. Beta-carotene and Vitamin A is proven to promote eye development and healthy skin, boosting the immune system and assisting with blood production. Having prunes during pregnancy become a good source of both.

Prunes are a portable fat-free snack and can be easily had when hunger pangs strike during pregnancy.

What Are Your Views?     

Having seen the nutritious value of prunes, which no doubt makes it a healthy diet for pregnancy, what are your views on it. Have you tried it?

Do put your comments on the subject.

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  6. Priya says:

    I am pregnant( entered 6th month), but I am over weight. My doctor told me that I should not put on any more weight till my labour. I really don’t know how to maintain the same weight, as I am already concious about my food intake. I’m taking fruits, nuts and raw vegetables between the meals, which does not reduce my hunger in any way, instead it increases my acidity. After reading your article, I have started taking prunes(2-4 in a day). I would like to know whether prunes making any changes in my weight.

    Thanks for your time for reading this.

    • RJSKOCHHAR says:

      Taking prunes during pregnancy helps you to get required nutrients which are essential during pregnancy. Ideal weight depends upon various factors. You should consult your doctor and a professional dietitian who would examine you and recommend a proper diet and if required a mild exercise regime to follow during your pregnancy.

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  11. dilip says:

    what shall be the qauntity of prunes per day my wife is on the fourth month of pregnancy

    • RJS KOCHHAR says:

      Prunes are generally good for pregnancy as they contain nutrients. How much is good during a particular period of pregnancy depends upon how much other nutrients are being consumed by the expectant mother. Best option is to get a balanced diet chart from the gyneacologist.

  12. Almas says:

    Hi.i have just entered in my second trimester. During my first trimester I could not take any kinda prenatal or iron supplement plus I was throwing up bad….now I m able to eat a little taking prenatal a n starting prunes…I really worried if not taking nothing in the first trimester did anythning wrong to my baby. I’m really scared. Will prunes help now?

    • Ravi Kochhar says:

      Prunes are good source of nutrients during pregnancy. Have prunes but do supplement them with other nutritious diet. You may get the right diet plan including prunes, depending upon your individual body requirements, chalked out from your doctor.

  13. Anna says:

    Awesome article even though I hate the taste I’m going to eat some prunes now. Hopefully they’ll give me some relief.

  14. bola thomas says:

    I am 11th weeks pregnant and I don’t like folic acid but I eatprunes can prunes help.

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