- by Dr Jameela Khalid
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- Mar 27 2018
Facts about Papaya and Pregnancy
Surely, the juicy, fleshy, golden yellow fruit is loaded with nutrients but, “everything that glitters is not gold”? And yes, it’s quite a well-proven statement here. The low calories and high Vitamin C containing fruit papaya is a bane for women bearing a child.
Let us list down why?
- It Induces Abortion
Raw papayas, its seeds, and its roots are said to induce abortion. The high concentration of latex in it causes premature uterine contractions leading to abortion, miscarriage or premature labor.
It is believed that as the fruit ripens the concentration of latex reduces, therefore reduces the chance of abortion but, it is better to still avoid it when pregnant.
Carotenemia is a medical condition which is characterized by yellow pigmentation of the skin.
If papaya is consumed in large quantities the beta-carotene in it might cause discoloration of the skin giving an appearance like as if you are under the attack of jaundice and can be easily mistaken for it in a new-born.
- Birth Defects
Yes, papaya causes birth defects. Therefore, this is a heads-up to all the moms-to-be. Papain is a chemical present in papaya leaves and fruits, that can be extremely toxic to the baby and can also lead to birth defects.
Again, raw or unripe papayas have a higher concentration of papain compared to the ripe ones, but irrespective of that it’s safer to avoid papayas during pregnancy.
- Can Be Toxic
Papaya seeds are heavenly food and its consumption has a lot of health benefits but take care to limit the quantity of its consume. Benzyl isothiocyanate in papaya seed can be toxic to the mother and the baby.
In some part of the world green papayas are said to improve the flow of breast milk but contradictory to that it is also said that women who are lactating are advised to stay away from it. The enzymes present in it is said to have an adverse effect on the infant, therefore it is advisable to stay away from it.
We believe in prevention is better than cure, therefore for safer pregnancy, we suggest all the moms-to-be to stay away from it and have a happy healthy pregnancy.
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