When you or that special someone is pregnant, what you eat– and don’t eat– takes on a whole new priority level. The vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs depends on the foods you end up consuming, as the young embryo experiences rapid growth during the first few weeks following conception and requires specific nutrients to develop properly.
While common conception says that eating pineapple can lead to miscarriage during early pregnancy, read more below to find out why the notion is, in fact, a common misconception.
Pineapple and Miscarriage
This myth of pineapples being problematic during pregnancies is because of a compound found in pineapples called bromelain. The logic is that bromelain breaks down proteins– and because your young embryo is made up of proteins, bromelain consumption can cause bleeding and miscarriage, explains author Rana Conway, who wrote What to Eat When You’re Pregnant. Though bromelain capsules might raise the risk of a miscarriage, simply eating some fresh pineapple isn’t likely to have any effect.
Having one or two cups of fresh pineapple each week during early pregnancy is typically safe. Though you should talk to your doctor first about any dietary decisions during pregnancy, you’d probably need to eat between seven and 10 whole pineapples– in one sitting— to take in enough bromelain for it to be problematic, Conway indicates. If you’re still nervous but love your tangy pineapple, try canned pineapple or pineapple juice– the canning and bottling process takes out most, if not all, of the pineapple’s bromelain.
In actuality, when you eat fresh pineapple during your early pregnancy, you’re offering your unborn child many important nutrients that he/she needs for proper development. Just one cup of fresh pineapple has nearly 79 milligrams of vitamin C– which encourages collagen production for your unborn babe’s skin, bones, cartilage and tendons, says the BabyCenter website. Just that one cup of pineapple packs in nearly all of the 80 to 85 milligrams of vitamin C that you need every day during pregnancy. Better yet: you also get some iron from the pineapple serving. Iron is a necessary nutrient for your child’s blood production, while another nutrient found in pineapple, folate, has been shown to help prevent certain birth defects.
Against common belief, it turns out that one cup of fresh pineapple is actually a very nutritious decision during early pregnancy and beyond.
Try a dinner dish of grilled pork chops with diced pineapple for a big, bold taste while incorporating essential nutrients to your meal. Or perhaps try layering pineapple slices into a grilled chicken sandwich, or throw some pineapple chunks into a homemade salad. Regardless, there are plenty of additional ways to include pineapple in a healthy pregnancy diet.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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