There's a lot of advice to come by when it comes to the best of the best to support a growing bump. Everybody who is family; pumpkin vine and the immediate variety; neighbour and friend and even random strangers have to offer advice about what to eat. But did you know that some of these time held pieces of wisdom may not be the best for baby?
So here's the ones you may already be familiar with, if you're as paranoid as me. These can be easily found online in most articles pertaining to what should not be consumed during pregnancy.
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ARTICLE: Foods To Avoid When You're Pregnant
But here are some that would take a lot more research and are a lot less commonly known but are equally as dangerous. These are readily available locally and are sometimes touted as being great for pregnant women.
1. Pawpaw - While rich in vitamins and an otherwise nutritious fruit, pawpaw contains pepsin in its latex which can trigger uterine contractions. Advice runs that it is safe to consume in moderate quantities as it is mostly in the unripened state that the most pepsin exists. However, as every woman is different "moderate" may vary from one person to the next. Best avoided I say. Local knowledge on the use of green pawpaw to "throw away yuh chile" is enough to not take chances with the ripe variety either.
2. Aloe - Aloe is supposed to be good as a "cooling" and is excellent for getting beautiful skin whether taken topically or orally. However, it also acts as a laxative and stimulates uterine contractions. So, while it may be safe to use aloe topically it should not be taken orally.
3. Castor Oil - I haven't heard of any other reason for taking castor oil other than to push a pregnant woman into labor. However ladies, as difficult as those last two to three weeks are I suggest you rally it out and wait on the advice of your OB. While the link between castor oil and the baby passing meconium in the uterus are still not clear, it is a powerful laxative and will leave a pregnant woman severely dehydrated which on its own can create many complications.
4. Pineapple - Most articles you find now will tell you that you would need to consume very large quantities of pineapple to get the bromelain up to a level that can cause harm. However, bromelain has been found to soften the cervix and the uterus walls and so is best avoided during pregnancy.