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Pineapples and Miscarriage: Science or Myth?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

Although pineapple is rich in essential vitamins, it also contains bromelain, a substance associated with uterine contractions. Therefore, many people believe that if a pregnant woman eats pineapples, she will have a miscarriage. Is that true? Does eating pineapple during pregnancy cause miscarriage? The short answer is no. But take a look below to find out why.

1. Benefits of pineapple

Support the immune system

Pineapple contains vitamin C which helps strengthen the immune system and provide protection for pregnant mothers. In addition, bromelain is also a very effective substance against the common cold symptoms. If you are having a cold or a sore throat, a piece of pineapple may make you feel a lot better.

Strengthen bones

Pineapple contains a lot of manganese, a substance that plays a very important role in the development of bone and connective tissue.

Prevent constipation

As a fruit, pineapple contains a large amount of fiber which helps prevent constipation during pregnancy. In addition, bromelain boosts the digestion process.

Reduce morning sickness

In some cases, eating pineapples can help reduce symptoms of morning sickness during pregnancy.

2. Should pregnant mothers eat pineapples?

There’s a myth that circulating among pregnant women suggests that eating pineapples will cause a miscarriage. This misconception is based on the presence of bromelain in pineapples. The logic behind this myth is that bromelain breaks down proteins and since your newly conceived baby is made up of proteins, consuming bromelain can cause bleeding and miscarriage. In fact, there is no evidence to support this claim. Moreover, mothers will have to eat at least 7 pineapples a day to cause an impact on their pregnancy, which seems to be unlikely because no one eats that many pineapples. Eating a reasonable amount of pineapples is completely safe.

Precautions when eating pineapples

Eating two fresh pineapples each week during the early days of your pregnancy is considered safe. If you’re still worried about eating fresh pineapples, you should opt for canned pineapples or pineapple juice because the canning and bottling process removes most of, if not all, the bromelain in the fruit.
Like any other foods, consuming too many pineapples will do more harm than good. Too much vitamin C will cause diarrhea, nausea, and heartburn. In particular, mothers are advised not to eat or drink unripe pineapples because it can cause poisoning.
Bromelain in pineapples alone is not enough to cause uterine contractions, but eating too much can cause sore tongue or even allergic rashes and breathing difficulties.
If you are overweight, you should avoid consuming pineapples due to its high-calorie content. Moreover, if you are suffering from diabetes, then pineapple may not be the best food for you since its high sugar levels will worsen your condition.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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