During pregnancy, you’ll get to hear several opinions, information, and suggestions from family, friends and even strangers. Some of these information could be correct, but others could be misleading and ill-informed. And it isn’t entirely the fault of the informer. Even he/she must have heard it from someone well meaning. Most of these suggestion would be regarding the foods you eat while pregnant. Papaya is the common culprit. Besides papaya, another fruit that’s under the radar is pineapple. Below we’ll find out if it’s safe to eat pineapple during pregnancy or not!
Many pregnant mothers are advised to exclude pineapples from their diet altogether, as it’s perceived to be hot food, which can cause miscarriage. It was even noted by Rana Conway in her book, “What to Eat When You’re Pregnant.” The logic behind it is that bromelain in pineapples can induce labor. Yes, bromelain in pineapple can break down the proteins in the body, leading to abnormal bleeding. But for that, you need to eat large quantities of pineapple, like 7 to 10 pineapples at a go.
So is it safe to eat pineapple during pregnancy? Yes, it’s absolutely safe, but only if you eat in moderation. Below are a few reasons to affirm your faith in this tangy fruit.
Benefits Of Eating Pineapple During Pregnancy:
A Nutrient Rich Fruit:
Pineapple is a super nutritious fruit. It’s low in saturated fat and has a rich content of fiber that can ease constipation, a common ailment during pregnancy. It is high in B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C and minerals like copper and manganese as well. Now let’s get into detail how these nutrients can help your child.
- Vitamin C will strengthen the immune system of both mother and baby. The antioxidants in this fruit will fight the cell impairment that tends to take place inside the body, making a to-be mommy susceptible to diseases. Vitamin C will also boost the growth of collagen in the body. This substance is required for the growth of the fetus’ bones, tendons, skin, and cartilage (1).
- Vitamin B1 will give your baby a healthy heart and nervous system. It will also aid proper functioning of the muscles.
- Vitamin B6 will alleviate morning sickness and will even help you with anemia by inducing the formation of red blood cells. You’ll get loads of energy as well.
- Manganese will give you healthy bones. So no more joint pain problems during pregnancy.
- Copper is crucial for the growth and health of the eyes and hair of the baby. It also aids in the production of red blood cells.
Pineapple Is A Natural Diuretic:
The diuretic properties of pineapple will help remove excess liquid from the body. This will prevent swelling, a common problem during pregnancy.
This one’s more for the spouse, than you. Mood swings are very common during pregnancy. Sometimes, you feel like listening to soothing music and the other time you feel like shouting your lungs out. The taste and aroma of pineapple will improve your mood and help get rid of depression and anxiety.
Controls Blood Pressure:
Blood pressure is another common health condition experienced by pregnant women. And pineapple can help manage this as well. The tiny bit bromelain in pineapple will thin out the blood, thereby lowering blood pressure. It will also prevent the formation of blood clots.
Is It Safe To Eat Pineapple During Pregnancy:
Including a serving (1 cup) of this juicy fruit in the early weeks of pregnancy is considered safe by most of the physicians. In the second trimester, you can take 50 to 100 grams of pineapple in a week. In the third quarter, you can eat 250 grams of pineapple in a week.
Ways To Include Pineapple In Your Diet:
A bowl of pineapples alone is an easy way to add this fruit to your diet. But there are several other ways as well, to incorporate this fruit into your diet. Some include:
- Add some chunks of pineapples to your yogurt
- Make a fresh smoothie out of it
- Grilled pineapples. Yummy!
- Add some chopped pineapples in your salsa sauce
- Incorporate in you stir fried veggies or pizza
- Make kabobs, along with other fruits and vegetables
- Pineapple Popsicles for a summer treat.
Side Effects Of Eating Pineapple During Pregnancy:
- Pineapple is an incredibly sweet fruit, which also accounts for the high amounts of calories present in it. Therefore, women suffering from gestational diabetes should consume it in moderation during pregnancy.
- The high acidity level of this fruit can give you reflux or heartburn.
- One of the most irritating side effects of eating pineapple during pregnancy. It can cause allergies like swelling or itching in the mouth, asthma, runny nose or congestion or skin reactions. These reactions can happen within a few minutes of consuming pineapples.
- Excessive consumption of pineapple can also cause rashes and swelling of the tongue, lips, and inner cheeks. But this side effect is momentary and becomes normal in some time.
If you still feel unsure, opt for pineapple juice or canned pineapples, as battling and canning remove bromelain in the fruit. But but but, you must talk to your gynecologist first before adding any food to your diet.
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