Most women who are currently pregnant (and those who have been pregnant in the past) will tell you that eating for two is no picnic. And if it were, mom would probably consume more of her share of what's been brought out of the basket and the cooler.
Hunger pangs and cravings can occur at any time, making it easy to forget that what's good for you might not necessarily good for the baby. Some items like excess coffee, junk food and even a few glasses of wine have been stressed by doctors as verboten, but when it comes to various food groups that you think would be beneficial, think again.
Case in point is fruit. Sure, a lot of fruits contain basic nutrients and fortunately, a lot of them can be consumed with no negative consequences to a growing fetus. Fruits highly recommended because of their vitamin C content are guava, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, and mango. For anti-oxidants, you can't go wrong with cherries, pears, and watermelon, while apples and avocado are awesome for fiber.
But be wary of red-flag fruits like pineapple, which might be rich in Vitamin C, but also are acidic enough to upset your stomach and cause diarrhea, which in turn can cause dehydration, potentially cutting down on your baby's access to water. Even worse, the fruit contains a great deal of bromelain, which has been traced to cervix softening, which could trigger an early labor.
While grapes have been hailed to contain cancer-fighting antioxidants and are beneficial to the heart (as is its wine by-product, which is encouraging for tipplers), the skin of the fruit is also high in resveratrol, another antioxidant that's been known to cause hormonal imbalances in expectant mothers.
Two additional fruits, bitter melon, and papaya, certainly have their health benefits, but should be off-limits to pregnant mothers. Both contain compounds that may compromise the uterus, which can cause contractions, premature birth or even miscarriages. Those same toxins can be even more severe if the fruits aren't ripe enough to eat.
It should be advised, however, that even if you take in fruits that are healthier for your baby, those advantages will disappear if the food has bacteria or is already starting to rot. Make sure to wash the fruit thoroughly and cut away any bruises or damaged parts of the fruits before eating them.