Pregnant women often ask questions like, is it safe to eat pineapples during pregnancy? Do pineapples have effects on their unborn babies? These questions arise because pineapples are widely known as fruits that thins the blood.
Bromelain content in the pineapple makes most people believe that consuming it would cause abnormal bleeding. But the fact is that the bromelain content is not enough to cause harm to both mother and child. According to research, tinned pineapple hardly contains any bromelain and for the fresh one, you will need to eat at least half of a full pineapple before seeing the bromelain in action. Some pregnant women believe that eating pineapple when they have passed their due date could make them go into labor immediately.
Benefits of eating pineapple during pregnancy
You cannot afford to pass up the nutrients in this fruit. Pineapple contains iron, manganese, vitamin B1, C, fiber, B6, copper, bromelain, folate and magnesium.
Pineapple helps with constipation since it aids in digestion. Moreover, eating pineapple would keep you full and unable to crave for junks. It is the simplest definition of a healthy snack.
Due to the concentration of vitamin c found in pineapple, pineapple boosts the immune system of pregnant women which means they would be hardly affected by the infections during pregnancy.
It helps in the development of bones which prevents osteoporosis.
The iron and folic acid content in pineapple contribute to the production of red blood cells and the formation of the baby’s heart.
Pineapple removes excess liquid from the body due to its diuretic properties; this reduces the occurrence of edema during pregnancy.
How to add pineapple to your daily diet?
Pineapple can help you quell those cravings that make you think of junk food which is not healthy during pregnancy.
You can add them to your green smoothie to make it appealing to the taste buds.
Pineapple can be grilled or baked in an oven to make a delicious snake.
You can add pineapple to your mix of kabobs, veggies and steak.
Add it to part of the ingredients for your Hawaiian pizza.
Use it to garnish your fruit salad, salsa or yogurt.
Symptoms that you are consuming too much pineapple
Although pineapple may be safe to eat during pregnancy, it, however, depends on the amount you consume. Eating more than five slices of pineapple per day can make pineapple dangerous for your health especially since your stomach is quite sensitive during pregnancy.
You will notice signs such as heartburn, mouth itching, reflux, skin reactions, swelling of the lips and gum, teeth irritation and asthma. If you notice any of these things, then you may need to stop eating it for a while to stabilize things
Moderation is the key when eating pineapple as an excess of it might cause uterine contraction and lead to miscarriage. You can eat pineapple fresh from the farm or the can. If possible, avoid pineapple juice as you may be tempted to take it in excess and the sugar included may cause your blood sugar to spike up.
Eating canned pineapple might be the safest as the bromelain content of the pineapple which could cause abnormal bleeding has been removed. Also, consult your doctor if you feel you are getting allergies from eating it.