Eating while you're pregnant takes careful planning to ensure that you're obtaining all the nutrients you need to carry your baby to term, as well as all the vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs. An embryo goes through rapid growth during the early days and weeks after conception and needs specific nutrients to develop normally. Perhaps you've heard that eating pineapple can cause miscarriage. However, in reasonable amounts, the fruit is highly unlikely to cause any problems. It's also quite nutritious and supplies a few key nutrients essential during early pregnancy.
Pineapple and Miscarriage
There's a myth that circulates among pregnant women that suggests eating pineapple will cause a miscarriage, notes author Rana Conway in "What to Eat When You're Pregnant." This mistruth is based on the presence of a compound in pineapple called bromelain. The logic behind the myth is that bromelain breaks down proteins and since your newly conceived baby is made up of proteins, consuming bromelain can cause bleeding and miscarriage, explains Conway. While bromelain capsules or tablets might increase the risk of miscarriage, eating a reasonable amount of fresh pineapple is very unlikely to do so.
Pineapple During Early Pregnancy
Including a serving or two of fresh pineapple each week during the early days of your pregnancy is usually safe. A serving is about 1 cup of fresh fruit. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor before adding anything to your pregnancy diet, but according to Conway, you would have to eat between seven and 10 whole pineapples at one time to consume enough bromelain to create a problem. If you're still worried about eating pineapple, opt for canned pineapple or pineapple juice because the canning and bottling process removes most of, or all, the bromelain in the fruit.
When you include fresh pineapple in your early pregnancy diet, you're providing your unborn baby with several nutrients he needs to grow and develop normally. A cup of fresh pineapple supplies about 79 milligrams of vitamin C, a nutrient that encourages the production of collagen, which aids in the growth of you baby's skin, bones, cartilage and tendons, according to the BabyCenter website. That single cup of pineapple supplies almost all the 80 to 85 milligrams of vitamin C you need each day during your pregnancy. You also get small amounts of iron, a nutrient necessary for the production of blood, as well as folate, which can help prevent certain birth defects, when you eat fresh pineapple.
Adding Pineapple to Your Pregnancy Diet
A cup of fresh pineapple alone is a simple and nutritious way to add fruit to your pregnancy diet. You can also add pineapple to a fruit salad or puree it in a fruit smoothie. Top grilled pork chops with diced pineapple to add a bold taste and essential nutrients to the meat. Layer pineapple slices into a grilled chicken sandwich or top a chicken and spinach salad with the fruit as additional ways to include it in a healthy, early pregnancy diet.