Papaya: Avoid during pregnancy
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, avoid eating papaya or using a papaya product. Papaya is sometimes recommended for soothing indigestion, which is a common ailment during pregnancy. Although a fully ripe papaya is not considered dangerous, a papaya that is at all unripe contains a latex substance that triggers uterine contractions and may cause a miscarriage. 1
The papaya enzyme that helps soothe indigestion is called papain, or vegetable pepsin. Papain is found in the fruit's latex and leaves. 1 Researchers have noted that unripe papaya latex acts like prostaglandin and oxytocin, which the body makes to start labor. 2 Synthetic prostaglandin and oxytocin are commonly used to start or strengthen labor contractions.
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I know for sure that unripe papaya used with a lot of salt is not good to use during pregnancy because it causes miscarriage.I always heard that people use it that way to get rid of unwanted pregnancies and then someone told me they used it and it did work.i dont know if ripe papaya is ok but if i were you i would avoid papaya totally just to be on the safe side.Maybe you should talk 2 doctor or someone else about it since you really love it 2 b sure.Have a healthy pregnancy.
In all honesty I think u have to take most of these warnings with a grain of salt as they say. Anything in access can pose problems, but the main foods to stay away from are raw meats, sushi etc. I've been eating papaya and so far so good. It's one of my fav fruits.
I agree with Mango, I mean women having been having babies for so long and you can't avoid EVERYTHING. I know I've eaten mangos with this pregnancy(LOVE mangos lol) and nothing has happened. I think its if you eat high quantaties of it that it might pose a problem.
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i ate loads of tropical fruits when i was pregnant with my last lo...
including an entire pineapple when i was trying to induce labour at full term. it didn't work, i just got a load of blisters in my mouth. then i read you have to eat 7 whole pineapples for the enzymes to be at a high enough concentration to induce labour.
i took most things with a pinch of salt as my gp told my to ignore most of the advice and eat what i liked and everybody else tells you different thigns!
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