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Is it safe to eat papaya and pineapple during pregnancy?

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By Apollo 24|7, Published on- 24 November 2022

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Papayas and pineapples have been linked to miscarriages, therefore, many women avoid having them. But is it true? If yes, then what should one be cautious about? Read on to know if these fruits are safe during pregnancy. 

Papaya in Pregnancy: What Happens When You Eat Papaya?

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, avoid eating unripe papaya. Unripe papaya contains a latex substance that may cause contractions in the uterus. Papaya also contains enzymes like papain that are often recommended for treating digestive problems. Papain is the key ingredient found in the unripe papaya’s latex and leaves.

Unripe papaya’s latex may act like prostaglandin and oxytocin, which are produced naturally by the body during labour. Moreover, studies reveal that papain can also weaken the membranes surrounding the uterus (chorion & amnion), thereby inducing early labour. 

Therefore, it is often advised to avoid the consumption of unripe or semi-ripe papaya in any form. However, one can have a bowl of ripe papayas after consulting their healthcare providers.

Pineapples in Pregnancy: What Happens When You Eat pineapples?

Pineapple is safe to eat during pregnancy. Furthermore, pineapple is a rich source of folate, which is important for the proper development of the baby’s spine. However, it contains an enzyme called bromelain, which can cause contractions similar to labour pains.

Therefore, avoid excess consumption of pineapple fruit or juice to avoid the risk altogether. You can also consult your gynaecologist to know the amount of pineapple that is safe for you to eat during the gestational period.

What to Eat During Pregnancy? 

Foods that are safe for consumption during pregnancy include:

  • Dairy products (low-fat milk and yoghourt)
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains 
  • Lean meat (fish, chicken and eggs)
  • Broccoli & carrots
  • Dark leafy vegetables (spinach, cabbage and beetroots)
  • Berries and nuts 
  • Avocados 

Furthermore, consuming a breakfast packed with protein can make a difference in how your body feels throughout the morning and even during the entire day. 

Key Takeaway

Pregnancy is an overwhelming experience and with the right information, you can save yourself from unknowingly eating certain foods that can harm the body instead of doing good. You can also consult an expert nutritionist to guide you better. For the same click the below button.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Dhanunjay Reddy B

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