Pineapple During Pregnancy

There has been a mixed bag of opinion regarding the safety of pineapple during pregnancy. While some stress upon its disadvantages, most others highlight the fruit’s importance during this time because of the nutritional benefits it offers.

Pineapple During Pregnancy

Are fresh pineapples safe to eat during pregnancy

Pineapple is usually considered safe when consumed in limited amounts [2]. Although certain sources present a concern about its labor inducing properties, due to its bromelain content, the claims lack much scientific evidence [1].

How much pineapple can a pregnant woman eat

One to two cups of fresh pineapple a day is considered safe [1], and even beneficial for its rich nutritional value. The bromelain level in it would be too low to cause any harm [3].

Can you eat it throughout pregnancy

Early pregnancy: Many women claim to have started eating it in the first trimester, as early as the 3rd week as it provided them relief from the bouts of nausea and vomiting resulting from morning sickness. A craving for pineapple might actually hint at a girl in-waiting according to the old wive’s tale.

Late pregnancy: Eating it in small amounts in the third trimester does not usually causes any problem.

Can fresh pineapples really induce labor

Pineapple’s role in inducing labor and triggering a miscarriage has been much spoken about, though there is a lot of discrepancy regarding this notion with some experts even passing it off as an old wive’s tale.

What does it do during pregnancy

The labor inducing properties of pineapple is mostly attributed to its bromelain content that is believed to soften the cervix. Though this may be possible only when at least 8-10 units of pineapples are eaten together, which is quite unlikely and almost impossible to do for anybody [1, 4]. If one eats that many, it may also result in stimulation of the stomach that in turn affects the womb and triggers labor [4].

Additionally, if you begin eating pineapple with the intention of bringing in labor in the 38th or 40th week, you may land up with a bad stomach upset. So, it is not recommended to try.

How is pineapple good for you during pregnancy

Rich in vitamins

Vitamins B1, B6, and C present in pineapples work towards developing the fetus’ brain, alongside alleviating vomiting and nausea as well as maintaining a healthy immune system in the expectant mother [2,6].

High mineral value

Pineapples are loaded with a host of essential minerals [1, 2] like iron (helps with hemoglobin formation [7]), magnesium (lessens cramps [8]), manganese (helps in bone and cartilage formation) and copper (helps in red blood cell formation, mending tissues and breaking down sugar [10]).

Can you eat the whole pineapple while pregnant

Pineapple core – Should be avoided as major part of the bromelain is present there [4].

Pineapple juice – Homemade ones are better but should be consumed in small amounts as they are high in bromelain. Though commercial pineapple juice has a lesser amount of bromelain (most of it gets destroyed during the canning process), you should still refrain from having it as it is high in artificial sweeteners [4].

Dried pineapple – Better to avoid as it has fewer nutrients and more sugar, increasing the possibilities of weight gain [12].

Pineapple tea – A refreshing decaffeinated herbal tea made with chunks of pineapples along with other fruits like apples, oranges, and pears can be good for you. However, talk to your healthcare practitioner before having it [11].

Ideas for eating pineapple

  • Fresh pineapple chunks as a part of your fruit salad [1, 2].
  • Blended into a smoothie or shake along with other fruits like apples, and banana [1, 12].
  • Frozen into an ice cream, though pasteurized eggs are to be used for the purpose as the raw ones are high in salmonella [13].
  • Freshly cut pineapples added in cookies, cakes or tarts.

Are there side effects

Though there are no known side effects, you might suffer from heartburn or other digestive problems if you have a sensitive stomach or if you eat too many pieces  [1].

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