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What Fruits And Vegetables To Avoid When Pregnant?

Understanding the Fruits and Vegetables to Avoid During Pregnancy for a Safe and Healthy Journey.

  • 07 Nov 2023
  • 3 min read

When it comes to pregnancy, it's vital to watch what you consume, even among fruits and veggies. A pregnant mother needs to ensure she is consuming nutrients to maintain the baby’s healthy development by keeping herself nourished and hydrated. With all the options out there, you might wonder, “What fruits and vegetables to avoid during pregnancy?” That's why we've created this guide just for you. We'll spill the beans on which fruits and veggies you should skip during your pregnancy and why. Stay informed and take care of yourself and your little one!


Fruits and vegetables to avoid during pregnancy

We’ve listed below the different fruits and veggies that women should typically avoid during pregnancy:


  • Papayas

It is well known that papaya is rich in latex, which can induce premature uterine contractions. Studies have shown this can lead to bleeding and even miscarriage. So, this fruit, especially in its unripe form, is best avoided during pregnancy.


  • Pineapples

Pineapple is one of the fruits that is typically not to be consumed especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. It contains a chemical called bromelain, which studies have shown causes the cervix to soften. This may result in early labour or miscarriage.


  • Grapes

Grapes are also avoided during the final trimester of pregnancy, as they contain a compound known as resveratrol. This compound can elevate the hormonal imbalance in women and induce premature contractions of the cervix in the final trimester. They are also heat-generating fruits which are not good for both the mother and child.


  • Mung beans

Mung beans are generally considered to be safe for pregnant women. However, they contain saponins, which can cause gastrointestinal problems and may irritate the digestive tract. Additionally, mung beans contain phytoestrogens compounds which are plant-based and can mimic the effects of estrogen in the body and may disturb hormone levels in pregnant women.


  • Vegetables high in mercury content

Mercury is an element that can be extremely damaging to both the mother and the developing baby. Some vegetables high in mercury concentration are leafy greens like spinach as well as root vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots. So, limiting the intake of these vegetables in pregnancy is always advisable.


  • Vegetables high in nitrates

Nitrate-containing vegetables like beets, celery, and lettuce release a certain type of toxin that can be damaging to the expectant mother and baby. So, these vegetables should ideally be avoided by pregnant women. It is always advisable to wash vegetables and fruits before eating them because unwashed fruits and veggies carry toxoplasma parasites that harm pregnant women and their developing baby.

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If you're unsure about what vegetables and fruits to avoid during pregnancy, it's always best to be cautious and consult your gynecologist.

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