Papaya in Pregnancy

Unripe papaya is not good to consume during pregnancy as it contains papain and latex. Latex in papaya can cause uterine contractions which can lead to miscarriage or early labor.

However, Ripe papaya is rich in iron and is considered safe but still consult your doctor before you plan to include it in your diet.

I personally avoided papaya all together in my pregnancy to be on safer side.

Pregnancy Diet

A healthy diet during pregnancy is very important to maintain your health and also help your growing baby. Following a healthy nutritious diet helps you to avoid complications hence reducing the risk.

What should you eat and What you should avoid?

Here are few important foods that you should include in your daily food intake:

  • Protein: Include protein rich food such as eggs, Milk, Almonds, Cheese, Yogurt, Lean Meat and Fish.
  • Fiber: Stay away from constipation by consuming fiber Rich foods such as Oatmeal, Beans, Raspberries, Pears and Apple.
  • Folic Acid: Folate prevents any abnormalities related to brain and spinal cord. If you are planning for a baby, you can start taking folic supplements or your doctor will prescribe for you. Foods such as Beans, Spinach, Oranges, Kiwi are a good source.
  • Calcium: Helps both you and baby for strong bones and teeth. Good calcium sources are diary products-Milk, Yogurt, Cheese and in vegetable it includes Broccoli and Kale. Fruits such as Apricots, Kiwi, Oranges, Berries.
  • Carbohydrate: Healthy carbohydrates prevents constipation. It helps to manage the blood sugar levels and decreases the chances of getting gestational diabetes. Some of the healthy carbs are Brown Rice, Whole Grain Bread, Bananas, Legumes, Beans.
  • Iron: Iron is required to produce red blood cells for both you and baby. Some of the foods that give Iron are Oily Fish, Eggs, Green Leafy Vegetables, Beans.
  • Supplements: Your Doctor will provide you with supplements such as Calcium, Vitamin D, Folic Acid and Iron supplements. Taking these will help to fill the deficiency and keep you on safe side. Do not take any supplements without Doctor consultation.

What you should avoid?

  • Processed Food: Minimize the intake of processed food as it contains preservatives and you don’t know how it is prepared. I know with all the cravings.. avoiding it completely is difficult but trust me it makes lot of difference to your health.
  • Caffeine: It is best to limit the intake of caffeine as it is said to create complications in pregnancy. If you are a coffee lover like me then you can have up to 1 or 2 cups a day. Soft drinks also contain caffeine and its best to avoid them.
  • Alcohol: Stay away from alcohol or stop it completely as it may lead to abnormalities in the baby and is harmful.
  • Smoking: It causes low birth weight and it causes birth defects for the baby.
  • Other Foods to avoid: Raw or half cooked egg, High Mercury Fish, Raw Meat, Unpasteurized diary products. In Fruits avoid Papaya, Pineapple and Grapes.

PREGNANCY

Portrait of 8 months pregnant woman holding her belly

Pregnancy is a beautiful part of life. Along with it comes the changes in body, emotions and its symptoms.

Pregnancy Symptoms:

Here are some of the symptoms that will help you to find out if you are possibly pregnant:

  • Missed period: Pregnancy is not always the reason for missed period. Normal menstrual cycle for most women is 28 days but can differ. Keep a track of your period using a period tracker app. If you have missed a period at least 30 days late then you can use a pregnancy test kit. Sometimes its too early and it will show negative result. You can repeat the test again after a week. If you still did not find positive result along with a missed period then its best to consult a doctor.
  • Morning Sickness: Morning sickness, vomiting or nausea is present in most of the women whereas some may not have it. It can happen anytime of day or night and the severity may vary. This symptom can start as early as 3-4 weeks and will settle later.
  • Changes in Breast: You may find your breast fuller and tender, it is similar to what you get around your period date.
  • Frequent Urination: If you are visiting your bathroom frequently then it is a sign of pregnancy. You will still need to drink at least 2-3 L of water to stay hydrated.
  • Dizziness: You will feel like taking nap frequently and feel tired, as the body undergoes changes to carry a baby. Make sure to get enough rest.
  • Cramping: This symptom also occurs before or during period. Some will feel cramping as the uterus stretches.
  • Mood Swings: You can suddenly cry for no reason or get angry. Anyways you cant do much about it. You blame the hormones for this.
  • Cravings: You will feel the craving to certain types of food. It can also be a food which you did not like before or you may start a distaste towards the food you used to like.
  • Bloating: You may feel bloating and constipated due to the hormonal changes. You may not see a weight gain at early stage but still can see a big belly! Drink lot of water.
Pregnancy test kit with positive result

Other symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Backache
  • Leg cramps
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breathlessness

If you are worried then take a pregnancy test at home. Some of the pregnancy kits can detect early, based on the hCG level. Levels of hCG doubles every 2 or 3 days. Visit a doctor, who will determine if you are pregnant or not based on a blood test or urine test.