There are many myths surrounding pregnancy that circulate and are believed by the public. One of them is a myth that eating pineapple during pregnancy can cause miscarriage. Is that right?
As a result of this myth, many pregnant women who do not dare to consume this tropical fruit, for fear of endangering the pregnancy and the baby. But, is it true that pineapple is dangerous for pregnancy? Come, see the following review.
Facts about Pineapple and Miscarriage
Until now there has been no scientific evidence that pineapple is dangerous for pregnancy. The danger of pineapple for pregnancy is generally associated with the content of the enzyme bromelain in the fruit.
Bromelain enzyme is proteolytic which can break down proteins in the body. In addition, it can also provoke contractions, so it is feared that it can cause bleeding and miscarriage.
But keep in mind, the amount of the enzyme bromelain in pineapple is so small that consuming it within reasonable limits is unlikely to cause bleeding or even miscarriage.
Pineapple actually actually beneficial for pregnant women. One of the benefits is that it helps relieve anxiety. According to research, pineapple contains anxiolytic vitamins and flavonoids. This effect can help relieve anxiety (anxiety) that you feel during pregnancy.
Pineapple is also a source of vitamin C. A cup of pineapple can meet the daily needs of vitamin C for pregnant women. In addition to vitamin C, pineapple contains folate, iron, magnesium, and vitamin B6 which are good for fetal growth and the health of pregnant women.
Avoid Consuming Excessive Pineapple
Although safe for pregnant women, pineapple should not be consumed excessively. Eating too much pineapple can cause:
Eating too much pineapple can interfere with the digestion of pregnant women. The acid content in pineapple can increase stomach acid production which triggers heartburn and stomach acid reflux. Sometimes, this condition can also be followed by diarrhea.
Pregnant women who are allergic to pollen or latex are more likely to experience an allergic reaction after consuming pineapple. Allergic reactions that can appear in the form of redness and itching of the skin, even shortness of breath.
So, pregnant women may still consume pineapple, as long as it’s not excessive. But if pregnant women have a history of allergies or suffer from certain medical conditions, you should consult with your obstetrician first.