Ripe papaya is a natural and healthy source of beta-carotene, choline, fiber, folate, potassium, vitamins A, B, and C. Unripe papaya however can be dangerous during pregnancy.

What to eat:

  • Ripe papaya

What to avoid:

  • Unripe or semi-ripe papaya such as the one used in som-tum salad contains a high concentration of the latex that could trigger contractions, leading to early labor, if consumed in large amounts (there is no clear evidence on the exact amount). 
  • Unripe or semi-ripe papaya also contains papain which your body may mistake for the prostaglandins sometimes used to induce labor.
  • Unwashed papaya: Pesticides, such as paraquat, can be very harmful for your developing child


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