Can I drink pineapple juice while pregnant?

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Can I drink pineapple juice while pregnant?
Pineapple, friend or foe? (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Darwin Bell)

Your first pregnancy can be both an exciting and terrifying experience. There is so much conflicting information about what to eat and not eat that it's enough to make your head spin. There's misinformation disguised as advice about nearly every food, even pineapple juice.

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The Misconception

An old wives' tale states that large amounts of pineapple juice can stimulate contractions for women past their due date. The truth is that fresh pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which some think can soften the cervix and bring on labour. However, bromelain is usually destroyed by the heat needed to process canned pineapple and juice.

The Truth

Pineapple juice, as long as it is pasteurised, is fine. If you have any questions, consult your OB/GYN doctor.

Part of a Healthy Diet

The bromelain found in fresh and frozen pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties and can help relieve indigestion. Pineapple, fresh or canned, is also high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps your immune system.

Delicious and Refreshing

Pineapple juice on its own is a delicious refresher, or pair it with sparkling water for a fizzy treat. Also, add fresh pineapple to a wide variety of healthy smoothies, which will keep you satisfied and well nourished.

Relief from Nausea

Good news for those in their first trimester: pineapple juice is thought to relieve nausea.

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