Can Pineapple Induce Labor Naturally? Truths and Myths

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You would have probably gone through an enormous number articles on the internet stating the natural ways to induce labor. I know there are plenty of them and the first question one comes up with is do they even work?  Well, we cannot discuss them all but one of the most talked about is, pineapple. So, we will discuss about the associated myths and the actual truth whether pineapple induces labor or not. Read below to find more about consumption of pineapple during pregnancy.

Is It Safe to Eat Pineapple During Pregnancy?

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Yes, in fact it is one of the healthiest choices during pregnancy. Although, a lot of people believe that eating a pineapple may cause miscarriage or induce labor, which will be discussed below. But considerably, there is no harm in eating a pineapple during pregnancy.

What’s the truth?

To one’s surprise, pineapple does induce labor but only when it is consumed in very high amounts. The reason is simple and well known. It consists of bromelain that helps to soften the cervix and thus induces labor. Bromelain is a type of proteolytic enzyme.

Another reason is, the stimulation caused by the pineapple in the stomach that leads to uterine contractions and further induces labor. But for this you have to make sure that you eat fresh pineapples and that too in moderate amounts. You should not eat the left out or the ones that have been left open for a long time because then, the protein apparently shrinks.

But this does not mean that eating one pineapple a day will help you bring on the labor. There are very less bromelain enzyme in a single pineapple. Thereby, you should eat at least seven pineapples and along with the inner core because most of the enzymes are found in that.

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Are there no risks of eating Pineapple during pregnancy?

Everything has its pros and cons and so does a pineapple, when eaten in large amounts. Remember, no fruit will cause any harm to you or your baby till the time it is eaten in moderate amounts. But when anything is consumed excessively, then it may show some adverse effects as well.

  • The acids contained in the pineapple can lead to heartburn or reflux, if consumed in high amounts. This further leads to diarrhea.
  • In case, you notice any of the allergic symptoms like skin reactions, asthma, swelling at the mouth or congestion, it is better to call your doctor. These symptoms usually show up to those who have never eaten a pineapple before or if you are allergic to pollen.
  • There have been reports of women having higher chances of miscarriage when they eat unripe pineapples.
  • The high amount of sugars in the pineapple can alleviate the blood sugar levels which can prove to be harmful to the ones who suffering from gestational diabetes. This can also prove to be detrimental to your baby.

The only way to avoid these risks is to consume the food in moderate amounts. It is always better to consult your doctor regarding the same.

Natural ways to induce labor

Acupressure

This is one of the most relied on ways but before you decide to get into one, make sure that your practitioner holds an experience with pregnant women as well. There are acupressure points between the fingers and in the ankles that help with muscle contractions and further labor.

Intercourse

Yes, sex can work greatly to get the labor going. Your man’s sperm consists of natural prostaglandins which release oxytocin. This helps with the dilation of cervix.

Eggplant

This is highly recommended by a number of people. As such there is no harm in eating an eggplant, so you may give it a try if you want.

Motherwort

This herb helps in making your contractions more effective and also prevents false labor and postpartum depression. In addition to this, it also works well with calming your nerves.

Yoga

Little exercising and yoga is of no harm. This will only make your body stronger for the labor and will keep you going. So, you must try going out for a long walk at least once a day. 

Pregnancy is a crucial time and you should be sure that any decision you make should not harm you or your baby in any manner. Considering pineapple, it is always good to eat fruits or anything nutritious in moderation but too much of anything will prove to be harmful. So, it is always better to take it slow and not to rush the process if your body isn’t ready. Moreover, the best option is to always contact your health care provider when you have any questions.

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