Pineapple is a good source of folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and vitamin B6. And just one cup of pineapple can contain nearly 100 percent of a pregnant woman’s recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
What to eat:
- Fresh pineapple
- Pineapple smoothie, no sugar added
- Cooked pineapple in some food such as pineapple and coconut curry, hawaiian pizza, BBQ
What to eat with consideration:
- Pineapple juice. It can contain lots of sugar
- Peeled pineapple from street food store. It can be contaminated.
- Unwashed pineapple. Pesticides, such as paraquat, can be very harmful for your developing child.
- Consuming large amount of pineapples can have uncomfortable effects. The acids in the pineapple may give you heartburn or reflux.
Good to know:
The myth that says that eating pineapple will cause a miscarriage is based on the presence of a compound in pineapple, especially the core of it, called bromelain. As they can break down proteins in the body and may lead to abnormal bleeding. Actually, the amount of bromelain in the fruit is very small and unlikely to cause any problems. Eating a normal portion of fresh pineapple is unlikely to affect pregnancy.
Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat, MD. (1 July 2020)