During pregnancy and lactation, women eat berries, fruits, vegetables to maintain vitamin and mineral balance in the body. Is it possible for a nursing mother to eat blueberries, in what quantities it is acceptable and how it will be useful - more on this below.
Useful properties of berries
Pharmacologists have long appreciated the composition of blueberries rich in nutrients. Today, pharmacies offer drugs based on its fruits to strengthen vision, normalize digestion and solve a number of other health problems.
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During breastfeeding and in the previous period, it is especially important for a woman to replenish stocks of vitamins and minerals:
- folic and ascorbic acid;
- Vitamins E and Group B.
All these elements are actively involved in the formation of the fetus, and then in its normal development.
- Substances in sufficient quantities support the immune system of the expectant and lactating mother, and also have many other beneficial effects:
- Normalizes blood glucose.
- Supports normal hormonal levels.
- Improves the condition of the skin, hair and nails.
- It inhibits the formation of age spots.
- Normalizes metabolism, improving digestion.
- Strengthens blood vessels and heart muscle.
- Improves the blood supply to the retina.
- Helps to remove toxins and toxins.
- It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect.
- Prevents Anemia.
- Fights infections.
- Maintains normal water-salt balance, reducing swelling.
Rules and regulations for use during lactation
After childbirth, the woman’s body is weakened and the hormonal background has not yet been restored, so any product with uncontrolled use can cause a negative reaction. Blueberries are classified as hypoallergenic products, but this only means that the risk of intolerance is minimized and not completely excluded, as in allergenic ones.
Important! Pediatricians do not recommend including in the diet for the first 2 months with HB berries and fruits in saturated orange, red and dark shades. Coloring pigments in the composition are a provocateur of allergic reactions.
In the first months, you should not eat the berry, as it is saturated with organic acids, which can provoke an eating disorder and rejection in the baby. Then you can gradually introduce the berry into the diet. It is best to do this after feeding, eating 4-5 fruits at a time. If your body has taken a new product without a negative reaction, you can feed the baby. But after watching the baby: are there any problems with stool, gas, irritation on the skin.
The saturated composition of the berry is not always beneficial - there are a number of painful conditions when it is better to refuse it.
- It is contraindicated to use the product with the following ailments:
- acute form of gastrointestinal diseases;
- the presence of inflammation of a gynecological nature;
- urolithiasis disease;
- pancreatic disease.
Excessive berry intake can cause constipation.
Product selection and storage
It is important for a nursing mother to purchase a natural and quality product. Blueberries ripen in July; harvest lasts until early September. It is during this period that you need to buy it. Choose fruits of the same size, plain color, with dry skin.The presence of bluish plaque is normal, but roughness and incomprehensible formations on the skin are not permissible. For year-round use, the fruits are frozen or dried.
Important! It is necessary that the storage container be tightly closed, since the fruits easily absorb extraneous odors. This also applies to placing fresh berries in the refrigerator.
Before freezing, be sure to rinse the fruits and dry thoroughly. Initially, they are scattered on a tray in a thin layer, and when they are seized with cold, they are transferred to portioned packets. Dry washed and dried berries without stalks, in the oven or in the dryer. Store the product in paper bags or glass jars, in a dry and cool place.
What can I cook
Blueberries contain pectins. This substance helps to thicken cooked desserts: marshmallows, marmalade, jelly. The rich taste of berries is perfect for preparing various drinks. As for the period of HB, drinks are useful not only from fruits, but also from leaves.
Jam or jam
For long-term storage, jam and jam require the addition of a large amount of sugar. Due to the abundance of sugar and pectins, it is recommended to introduce jam into the baby’s nutrition at 3 months. They begin gradually, with 1 tsp, observing the reaction of the child.Jam does not contain the full amount of nutrients; during heat treatment, some part is lost. But regular small doses every day will serve as a quality prevention against seasonal diseases and digestive problems.
Compote and other drinks
Blueberries are used in the preparation of many drinks, such as:
- fruit drink;
- the juice;
- broth and tea (from dried berries);
Warm drinks will warm you on a cold evening, and relax your tired body during the day. Tea or broth disperses blood, improves the cardiovascular system. This is an excellent remedy for vitamin deficiency and anemia.
Did you know? Blueberry inflorescences always look head down - this way they protect pollen from rain, making it easier for bees to work.
A decoction of blueberry leaves is no less useful: it does not cause allergies, and there are many times more vitamin C in it than in berries. To maintain immunity or treat colds in nursing women, tea or decoction or foliage is the first remedy in traditional medicine.A healthy diet of a nursing mother is the key to the normal development of her baby. Blueberries are a useful and even healing product, especially in demand during this difficult time, but you need to consume the berry in moderation.