Why Shouldn't Pregnant Women Eat Papaya?
Is Papaya in pregnancy safe or not?
What to eat during pregnancy, is a central hub for what to and what not to eat, but here we will discuss the specific topic of papaya and pregnancy:
There are so many old wives tales and information flooding the media that people should or should not have certin foods to eat during pregnancy. But there is one specific food which I get asked about so regularly that I need to write about it. That's Papaya, is it Safe?
There have been many research projects into the effects of foods on pregnant women and papaya is no exception, click the link on the right to see the official British journal of nutrition report on Papaya.
Dangers of Unripe Papaya in Pregnancy
Now The problem with Papaya is that in an unripe state the Papaya contains high concentrations of a Latex, this latex concentration reduces upon ripening and once completely ripe has almost no latex left.
The Papaya latex's main constitiuants are papain and chymopapain which have teratogenic (abnormalities of physiological development) and abortifacient (Can induce an abortion) effects . It does this by increasing the chances of uterine contractions as the papain acts like prostaglandin and oxytocin which are known to put a mothers body into labour and hence an adverse effect on the babies and mothers health.
The Latex can also cause marked oedema and haemorrhagic placentas which are bleeding and hemorrhaging from the edge of the placenta, this can result in severe complications in pregnancy and normally an early delivery.
Papaya and Pregnancy
Can Pregnant Woman Eat Papaya?
To sum up is is advised that women in pregnancy do NOT eat raw papaya for the added risk of complications, however it is perfectly safe for them to eat a fully ripened Papaya as the concentrations of Papaya Latex is so small.
Fruits and vegetables are an extremely important part of nutrition during pregnancy and you should not let all information you read on the internet affect you. If you did you probably wouldn't eat anything. Make sure that you check the sources of all information, for example this article is based on a peer reviewed article which is listed in the British Journal of Nutrition and a link can be found in the link below. I want to emphasise It is completely safe to eat RIPE papaya during pregnancy.
For other foods which you should avoid checkout my hub Pregnancy - What to eat?
Is Papaya Safe when Pregnant
Based on the Evidence presented and the article in the link, do you think pregnant women should eat Papaya?
British Journal of Nutrition
- Is Papaya safe during pregnancy
Papaya (Carica papaya) consumption is unsafe in pregnancy: fact or fable? Scientific evaluation of a common belief in some parts of Asia using a rat model