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Are All Fruits Safe To Eat During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time of growth and change for moms-to-be and their growing babies. Some of the changes that expectant mothers go through are common and expected, but others, not so much. For example, many women know that their appetites will change during pregnancy, but they may not know that certain foods may have adverse […]

Pregnancy is a time of growth and change for moms-to-be and their growing babies. Some of the changes that expectant mothers go through are common and expected, but others, not so much. For example, many women know that their appetites will change during pregnancy, but they may not know that certain foods may have adverse effects or may not be safe to consume at all during pregnancy. This can make it harder than usual to know what’s safe during pregnancy and what isn’t – especially when you have people whispering old tales or myths about unsafe fruits during pregnancy. 

So if you are unsure about these myths and whether or not they hold any truth (i.e. can pregnant women eat a banana or pineapple) you’ve come to the right place!
Let’s get into it…

Myths About “Unsafe” Fruits
During Pregnancy

There is a common phrase that says “you are what you eat.” The idea behind the phrase implies that eating healthier foods is a way to become a healthier person. Whereas, the constant consumption of unhealthy foods equates to an unhealthy lifestyle. And while this is true for most adults, the line between what’s good and bad for you tends to be slightly blurred for women during pregnancy. Because what may seem like a healthy option regularly, may actually be unsafe for your unborn baby…or at least that’s what
people tell us. 

Generally speaking, a diet rich in fruits, veggies, and whole grains is ideal for pregnant women, but yet, there are so many tales or myths out there about avoiding particular fruits.

Below we are going to look at some of the most common myths about fruits to avoid during pregnancy and take a look at whether or not they are backed by scientific evidence.

1. Bananas 

Can pregnant women eat a banana? Technically yes…in moderation. But regular or excessive consumption of bananas during pregnancy should be avoided–especially if you have digestive issues or develop an allergic reaction. The pros of bananas are that they provide potassium, vitamin C, and B vitamins. The cons are mostly due to the sugar levels and high calories. While there are myths about bananas and pregnancies, there is little to no evidence to support claims that bananas are unsafe.

2. Pineapples

You may have heard the old tale about avoiding pineapple during pregnancy. The myth suggests that pineapple consumption contains a specific enzyme that can cause miscarriages by inducing labor too early. While some moms-to-be don’t want to take the risk, there has been little to no evidence that supports this myth. So if you want to eat pineapple during pregnancy, go for it (but again, moderation is key) and be sure to listen to your body.

3. Grapes

While we may not be able to enjoy fermented grapes during pregnancy (aka wine), many women wonder about enjoying grapes in their natural form. This is another fruit that has mixed responses, depending on who you ask. Grapes contain a compound that some people say can cause poisoning or pregnancy complications. However, like the other fruits on this list, grapes tend to be a safe, low-risk fruit option for pregnant women. 

4. Papaya 

Papaya is another fruit that many people say are unsafe to eat during pregnancy, but is there any truth to this? This is a split answer. Consuming an unripe papaya may pose health risks to pregnant women, but eating a ripe papaya is safe in moderation. In fact, papaya is rich in iron and vitamins and is a great source of nutrition during pregnancy.

As you can see, most of the myths are not substantiated by any scientific evidence. But the main thing to remember is to listen to your body. Even if these fruits are safe to consume, if your body doesn’t agree with your choices, it will let you know. Pregnant women have been known to develop new allergies or intolerances during pregnancy, so if you experience this while eating something, talk to your doctor. Keep in mind that all fruits and vegetables should be thoroughly washed before consumption. 

Foods That Should Actually Be Avoided 

Now that we have discussed and debunked the myths about unsafe fruits for pregnancy, let’s take a look at foods that should actually be avoided. 

  • Alcohol and tobacco
  • Raw or undercooked fish that is high in mercury
  • Raw, undercooked, or processed meat 
  • Raw sprouts
  • Processed junk foods
  • Limit Caffeine

The Bottom Line

It’s important to stay healthy during pregnancy for the sake of your baby, but it’s also important to stay sane. So when you hear myths or old wives tales about pregnancy, do your research before you eliminate healthy options like bananas or pineapples from your diet. Also keep in mind that every mother’s journey is different, so it’s important to listen to your body and communicate with your doctor regularly. 

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