The Worst Fruits To Eat In Pregnancy (& Why)

When you’re craving something sweet and juicy in pregnancy, a piece of fruit seems like a good option. It’s going to be healthier than eating something processed or high in fats and sugars, and it’ll help satisfy your never-ending pregnancy cravings.

But don’t assume that all fruits are equally good for you in pregnancy. In fact, there are several fruits you should avoid consuming because of the negative impact it can have on your body while expecting. Below, we review what fruits you should avoid in pregnancy and why they’re not your best option.

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Pineapple

It may look appetizing, but pineapple is one fruit you should steer clear of in pregnancy. First Cry Parenting explains that pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme responsible for breaking down protein. But this can cause the cervix to soften and may trigger uterine contractions, which increases the risk of miscarriage.

Watermelon

A juicy watermelon may seem like all you need to cool down in pregnancy but think twice before consuming this fruit. As watermelon is high in sugars, it can dangerously raise your blood glucose levels.

Additionally, watermelon is a diuretic – it causes the body to pass more urine – meaning it can help flush out toxins from the body. But it can also force the body to pass essential nutrients before they’ve been observed, compromising your overall health.

Papaya

Papayas carry many health benefits. As a rich source of antioxidants, it’s been known to reduce the risk of heart disease. However, papayas can do more harm than good in pregnancy. This fruit can cause the internal body temperature to increase, which can interfere with fetal development.

Even more, papaya is rich in latex, which has been linked to an increased risk of bleeding, uterine contractions, and pregnancy loss.

Dates

Dates in moderation can be okay while expecting, but you should avoid consuming them in large quantities. They can be harmful in pregnancy because they can cause your body temperature to spike, which can hinder fetal development. Dates may also trigger uterine contractions, which can lead to miscarriage.


Bananas

As a rich source of vitamins and minerals, bananas are known for their many health benefits, including improving blood sugar levels, promoting digestive health, and supporting heart health.

However, bananas aren’t a safe fruit for consumption during pregnancy for every woman. Bananas contain chitinase, which is a latex-like substance known to trigger allergies. So, if you have a history of allergies, you’ll be recommended to steer clear of bananas.

Likewise, this fruit is rich in sugar. If you have diabetes (even gestational diabetes), bananas are one fruit to avoid in your prenatal diet.

Grapes

Grapes are an easy snack, but they can have undesirable consequences in pregnancy. Apollo Cradle explains these fruits have the ability of raising the body’s internal temperature, which can make you feel more uncomfortable while harming fetal growth.

Tamarind

Tamarind is an uncommon fruit to find in North America, largely because it’s indigenous to tropical Africa. But many pregnant people turn to it since it’s known to help combat morning sickness. But think twice before inviting tamarind into your diet.

This fruit is very rich in vitamin C, which can interfere with the production of progesterone if consumed in large quantities. Progesterone is vital for supporting the development of the fetus. Without it, it increases the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and even cell damage in the baby.

Canned Fruit

It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid canned fruit in pregnancy. Canned fruits may be more convenient in some ways, but they often contain a high number of preservatives, which can be toxic to maternal and fetal health if consumed in high quantities. Depending on the canned fruit, it can also be very high in sugar, which is especially harmful if you have a predisposition to gestational diabetes.

Dried & Frozen Fruit

Finally, it’s better to choose fresh fruit over dried or frozen fruit whenever possible. This is because fruit has less nutritional value when it’s been processed.

Mom Loves Best explains that dried fruit is particularly high in sugar, which can raise your blood glucose levels, putting you at more risk of gestational diabetes. Additionally, since the water is removed from dry fruits, it makes them less hydrating. It also makes it easier for you to consume more dried fruits than fresh fruits in a sitting since there’s less mass.

Frozen fruits should also be avoided, when possible. The original flavor and nutrients are lost in the fruit the longer it’s frozen. In general, it’s a healthier option to choose fresh fruits.

Everyone’s prenatal diet needs differ, so it’s important to speak to your doctor about what foods you should be eating and avoiding in pregnancy. Please speak to a healthcare professional for more information on what types of fruits are best while expecting.

Sources: First Cry Parenting, WebMD, Healthline, Apollo Cradle, Mom Loves Best,


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