When a woman figured out that she is pregnant, she might then started to think what to eat or what not to eat more than she used to do when she was just her, without the unborn baby in her womb. This is a natural feeling of every woman have, the motherly love that wants only the best for their child even since they have not been born.
Eating wholesome food during pregnancy is very important as anything that the mother-to-be eats, that is what the unborn baby eats. Many myths about food that a pregnant woman can have or cannot have arouse. One of them is eating papaya.
Whereas many gynecologists have suggested many pregnant women to eat anything that they want to eat as long as it is healthy and not too much, but certain fruits are believed can cause miscarriage and other complication if eaten during pregnancy. In this article we will share about:
What kind of papaya we should not have during pregnancy and why we should not have it during pregnancy?
What are other benefits of eating papaya during pregnancy?
1.WHAT KIND OF PAPAYA WE SHOULD NOT HAVE DURING PREGNANCY AND WHY WE SHOULD NOT HAVE IT DURING PREGNANCY?
Despite all the vitamins and minerals that papaya has, many studies have shown that there is one type of papaya should be avoided during pregnancy. It is the green papaya or the unripe papaya.
It is true that this papaya contain the highest papain enzyme that is good for our health in general as well as other vitamins and minerals. However, in pregnancy papain in this type of papaya also contains high amount of latex that can cause several pregnancy problem such as:
The latex in unripe or semi ripe papaya can activate the prostaglandin and oxytocin hormones in a person that can trigger premature labor. If it happens at the first or second trimester of pregnancy, this situation could end up in miscarriage.
Impedes Fetal Development
Papain that contains latex can also ruin the chance of the fetus growth in the womb as well as their survival might be challenged that can cause impede fetal development. Even small amount of latex at early stage of pregnancy can also bring anti-implantation to the fetus so it might increase the post-implantation lost or embryotoxicity.
Weaken Vital Membrane of the Fetus
Because papain contains high proteolytic enzyme that is popularly used for cell dissociation, papain can slows down the cells growth and tissue membrane of the fetus which eventually will affect the survival of your fetus.
Increase Bowel Movement Excessively
Whereas it is important for pregnant woman not to have constipation, however excessive bowel movement can cause higher pressure in the uterus which in the end can also cause miscarriage.
Increase the risk of hemorrhage
Being pregnant itself can already cause a woman to experience hemorrhage, if it is added with eating unripe papaya that contains high papain in it can exert excess pressure in a woman’s blood vein that can even lead to bleeding inside the placenta.
Affect the central nervous system
Papaya seeds as well as its leaf contain a very toxic compound that is called carpin. This substance might affect the central nervous system of the fetus especially during the first stage of pregnancy where everything has just begun to develop.
Increase estrogen production
Papain is well known for its ability to regularize menstruation cycle of a woman. Very true that during pregnancy a woman will not have her menstruation, however papain can also cause the woman’s body to produce excessive body heat and stimulates the production of estrogen in her body and can cause vaginal bleeding in pregnant woman that can be considered as high risk situation of miscarriage.
Increase risk of allergic reaction
Papain is one of many substances that can trigger allergic reaction in someone’s body. We are not talking about mild allergic reaction like rashes, but some allergic reaction might cause difficulties to breathe. If a pregnant woman has difficulties to breathe it might cause lack of oxygen supply to the fetus and can be fatal for the survival of the fetus.
Previous history of early labor or abortion
Pregnant woman with history of premature labor caused by uterine contraction will have higher risk of experiencing the similar situation if they consume papain during their pregnancy.
2.WHAT ARE OTHER BENEFITS OF EATING PAPAYA DURING PREGNANCY?
It is true that green unripe or semi-ripe papaya has a very risky effect when consumed during pregnancy. However, eating the super ripe good quality papaya with controlled amount can also bring a good result during your pregnancy especially entering the second and third trimester.
Increase immune system
Ripe papaya surely has numbers of vitamins that it carries, such as vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. these vitamins is very crucial for the pregnant woman during pregnancy as they can boost her immune system. Having a well-maintained immune system for pregnant woman can avoid her from taking medication that can also have side effect for the unborn baby.
Help reducing morning sickness
Some women might be lucky enough to experience pregnancy without morning sickness, but some other might have to suffer from morning sickness all day long. Eating ripe papaya that is high in vitamin B and also folate has been proven can help pregnant women to reduce morning sickness as well as help the growth of the baby in the womb.
Good digestive system
Because ripe papaya is enriched with high level of fiber, consuming the right amount of this fruit can help a pregnant woman who is in high risk of constipation to have a better digestive system. However, it is always good to control the amount of papaya that a pregnant woman takes.
Blood forming agent
Other than all the good substance that papaya has, it is also high in folic acid that can stimulate the forming of blood cells in a pregnant woman’s body. This can also avoid pregnant woman to experience dizziness due to lack of blood cells and oxygen.
So it can be concluded that consuming unripe or green papaya is never a good recommendation during your pregnancy because of the papain and its latex that can be dangerous to your fetus, but the very ripe papaya if it is consumed at the right amount can always be a good benefit for your pregnancy.
But due to the differences of pregnancy that each woman can have, it is always good to see your gynecologist and consult with them during your pregnancy should there be any special condition that occurs and to perform allergic test to avoid any undesirable reaction during your most precious moment of pregnancy.