Mango During Pregnancy

Mangoes are highly nutritious fruits, being a good source of Vitamin C, A, B6, B9 (folate) and potassium. They are safe and can be eaten during pregnancy, although, in moderation.

Some old wives tales predict that craving a mango especially during early pregnancy means you may be having a girl while dreaming of the fruit hints about a boy-in-waiting.

Mango During Pregnancy

Is mango good for pregnancy?

Being an excellent source of vitamin, about 165 g of ripe mango meets 75-100% [2, 8] of your daily requirements of vitamin C, 25% of vitamin A [8] and 10% vitamin B6 [7].

Because of its high dietary fibers (6% of RDA), mango is in the list of foods which can be eaten for constipation during pregnancy [1].

Since mangoes contain about 15-25 g of sugar [1, 8] and 107 g calories [8], it serves as one of the healthy food substitutes for cakes, pastries, and other sugary treats, especially in the third trimester [1] when you need about 2400 calories a day [5].

However, before including mango shake or juice to your diet, it is important for you to know that they contain artificial sweeteners and should occasionally be eaten [1].

Can you have raw or unripe mango

Raw or unripe mangoes which are popularly used in India for preparing chutney (cold sauce), pickles (using dried mangoes), candies and murabba (fruit preserves) [1] is normally ok to eat occasionally in pregnancy.

Are there any harmful effects of eating mango while pregnant

Artificially ripened fruits may contain calcium carbide, a chemical banned by the Indian Food and Safety Standards Act (2006) and the Food Safety and Standards Regulations (2011).  A study also shows that calcium carbide may have an adverse effect on the fetus.

Eating such artificially ripened mangoes may result in symptoms like stomach pain, headache, feelings of dizziness, mouth ulcers and allergic reactions [1]. Consult your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.

When to avoid mangoes

Those with gestational diabetes must avoid eating mangoes altogether [1].

Safety Tips:

  • Wash the fruit thoroughly before eating to keep it free from chemicals as well as bacterial contamination.
  • Do not eat the fruit from its skin directly, instead peel the outer part well.
  • Avoid buying mangoes from roadside stalls or vans as they lack proper hygiene.

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