Pregnant women who have enjoyed the plushness of papaya before conception often wonder if it is one of the fruits, they would have to give up because of the little one breathing inside them. They ask their doctors questions like, “Is it safe to eat papaya during pregnancy?”
Unfortunately, it is not safe to eat unripe pawpaw during pregnancy. You might wonder why this fruit filled with all the wonderful nutrient such as vitamin A, B, C, beets carotene, potassium, calcium, fiber and flavonoids would be struck out from the list of safe foods to eat during pregnancy. Well, unripe or semi-ripe papaya is believed to have the capacity to cause miscarriage because it contains a latex substance which can cause preterm labor and subsequent miscarriage.
Risks of eating unripe papaya during pregnancy.
Eating unripe papaya can cause embryotoxicity. The papain and pepsin found in papaya can disrupt cell development and cause the membranes of your unborn child to be weak. Other fruits won’t cause you such problems.
Another risk of eating unripe papaya while pregnant is that it could cause the edge of the placenta to bleed which could lead to serious pregnancy complications. When you eat unripe pawpaw, you’re consuming a lot of latex which can cause uterine contractions which will lead to miscarriage.
Eating ripe papaya is safe during pregnancy
Ripe papaya is safe to eat during pregnancy. Why is unripe unsafe and ripe safe? What’s the difference? The harmful bone of contention, papain and pepsins are present in the latex of unripe or semi-ripe papaya but are not in the ripe one or may contain a little amount.
Papayas are good fruits that help with indigestion and constipation, two common problems of pregnancy. It is rich in antioxidants which fights against free radicals and can boost the otherwise weak immune system of a pregnant woman.
However, it is worthy to note that even the tiniest of latex may be harmful to a woman’s pregnancy especially those who have experienced preterm labor or have gone through abortions in the past.
Getting the most out of papaya
Papaya can be used to make a smoothie at home. You can whip up delicious smoothie recipes to enjoy your papaya. Avoid buying papaya juice or outdoor made smoothie as there is a high likelihood that they may have used unripe ones to prepare them, added refined sugar or prepared in an unhygienic environment.
Consume ripe paw in small quantities. When using them as smoothies, add leafy green vegetables and add a little pawpaw to make it tasty. Too much pawpaw can cause irritation or allergies.
Although bad for eating, semi-ripe pawpaw can be used as face mask during pregnancy to achieve a soft glow and get rid of the blackheads and adult acne that seem to go hand in hand with pregnant women. Also, a mix of papaya, honey, and milk can be used as a sort of tonic to help you go through your pregnancy with ease.