3 Summer Fruits to Crave Now

Christine Coppa

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When I was pregnant I craved all things fresh -- salad, raw veggies, olives and fruit galore. Well, tis the season for healthful eating -- summer is bursting with fresh fruit that promises to hit the sweet spot and also provide essential vitamins and nutrients to you and your baby.

Watermelon Rocks: Pink and fragrant, this thirst-quenching fruit combats bloat and inflammation -- perfect for ankles (you know what I'm talking about!) Rich in vitamin A that is pegged to eye health and bone growth -- it also helps the skin and mucous membranes function as a barrier to bacteria and viruses. For more health benefits read Watermelon: Excellent For Pregnant Ladies. Oh, and whip up some refreshing watermelon punch.

Marvelous Mango: This sweet, smooth to the tongue fruit will help move things along when you're pregnant. I'm talking about constipation (blush) -- a common side affect of pregnancy and a major antagonizer when it comes to hemorrhoids. The fiber-rich fruit will keep you regular and full! Grab some tortilla chips and try this mango salsa recipe.

Life's a Peach: Peaches are packed with Vitamin C and provides almost three quarters of the daily requirement. Also rich in iron -- a ding-ding-ding super important nutrient during pregnancy. Why? Iron is key for hemoglobin production -- the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to other cells. During pregnancy, blood levels increase by, bam, 50 percent! Of course, you need more iron to make more hemoglobin for all that additional blood. Treat yourself to a non-alcoholic peach bellini.

What summer fruits are you chomping on now?

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