Is It Safe To Eat Papaya During Pregnancy?


Some believe that papaya is harmful during pregnancy. Yet, many pregnant women still eat this fruit to get rich vitamins and minerals. Papaya fruit grows in tropical areas and is characterized by the outer green cover and it has a yellow color from the inside. It’s also known as the angels fruit.

This tropical fruit has many benefits and widely present in weight loss diets to boost the immune system, digestion and the renewal of skin cells. It’s rich in Vitamins “C” and “E”, in addition to dietary fiber which exists in abundance. Papayas also contain folic acid, a vitamin that is recommended taking during pregnancy. Papayas are best when eaten in the mornings during breakfast.

Papaya health benefits:

  1. Papaya fruit contains a high percentage of fiber that prevents constipation and works to facilitate the digestion and absorption of food in the intestine.
  2. One of the papaya prominent roles is reducing the oxidation of cholesterol in the body because they contain a variety of antioxidants, which also supports the protection against cancers.
  3. Papaya fruit is very rich in vitamin A, which strengthens the sight and maintains the human hair.
  4. They contain vitamins A and C, which makes it an important factor in building a strong immune system.
  5. It helps to protect the body from infections, especially arthritis.

Papaya during pregnancy:

Papaya provides nutritional benefits for pregnant woman and the fetus. However, it should be avoided if its unripe (immature papaya), because it contains a substance called latex that can be harmful during pregnancy.

Research has shown that a high concentration of latex in the body can cause uterine contractions, which may lead to abortion.

There are advantages of eating this fruit according to papaya in pregnancy guide, as it helps to ease out the bowel movement and neutralizing acid formation in the stomach. In addition, to reduce the gaseous distension which is a regular symptom in pregnancy.

It is best to avoid unripe papayas or even a semi-mature once during pregnancy. And eat fruit ripe papaya in moderation during pregnancy to avoid any risk. Also, pregnant women that suffer from contraction pain regularly should avoid this fruit.

Finally, it’s better to be taking the advice of your physician before taking papayas to take caution.



A herbalist from Western Sahara, a long distance runner, and the founder of Grapefruit Dieter. What started as documenting hundreds of natural herbs originating from the Western Sahara desert turns into a passion of research, sharing the nomads secrets of medicine, and collaborating with researchers across the world.