Is It Safe To Eat Grapefruits During Pregnancy?

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[Lifestyle]–Pregnancy is a condition in which extra care is needed by the mother on what she eats. During pregnancy, series of embryonic processes are taken place to form and keep the foetus in good condition. Various foods and fruits can tamper with these processes which can be life-threatening to the mother and can even lead to the death of foetus. Seek medical advice on foods and fruits that can be taken without complications from your dietician and drugs that are safe in each of the trimesters  from your pharmacist.

Fruits and vegetables are healthy dietary choices in pregnancy. In general, they are high in nutritional content — vitamins and minerals — compared to their caloric content, meaning that they help provide for your cellular needs and those of your developing baby. While you can safely enjoy any fruit during pregnancy — and rest assured that you’re making a healthy choice — some categories of fruits stand out as particularly wise choices e.g apple, banana, etc while some are not advisable e.g pineapple, papaya, grapefruits,etc

You can eat grapes in moderation as they provide vital nutrients such as vitamins, antioxidants, organic acids, fiber, folic acids, pectin and more, which support the biological changes happening during and post pregnancy. However, you should avoid eating grapes in the last trimester which is the last three months of pregnancy because of its heat-producing property. Excessive consumption of grapes can be toxic due to its high levels of resveratrol.

Resveratrol supplements may harm fetus, a study suggests. Red wine contains the compound resveratrol , which is also available as a supplement. Taking the popular supplement resveratrol during pregnancy may cause abnormalities in the fetus, according to a new study done in primates called Japanese macaques.

Though grapefruits contain lesser amount of resveratrol compared to its supplements. It is advisable to be avoided in pregnancy.

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