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#1 of 17 Old 07-02-2008, 10:46 PM - Thread Starter
 
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It has:
Papin (from the papaya)
Prolease
Alpha-Amylase
Papaya
and Chlorophyll

Is there anything here to be worried about? I've taken a few and the heartburn is almost non-exsistent.

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I don't know from a medical viewoint, but I did take them in my 3rd trimester for heartburn during my last pregnancy and everything was fine. I think the concern is consuming unripe papaya in early pregnancy - you should definitely google it, though. I haven't looked that up in over a year.

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I took it my last pg. I've heard of it being recommended a lot for pg women.
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I took it during my last pregnancy with my midwife's absolute approval. Stuff tastes right yummy too.

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I took it in my first pregnancy, I have heard they are fine.

Didn't do a darn thing for me though.
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My MW suggested it for heart burn/acid reflux.

Didn't do anything for me, but some people rave about it!

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I have to rave - this stuff works like a dream! It completely got rid of my heartburn! It's perfectly safe to use.

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I wasn't comfortable with all that stuff mainly because I don't have time to research it. I buy dried papaya from the health food store. It works awesome. I only take a bite or two once a week and I have no heartburn. I'm 34 weeks and in previous pregnancies I would have gone through a couple bottles of tums already. Dried papaya is cheaper than the supplements also. HTH
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I don't find that it helps for heartburn but it is great for getting rid of that "too full" feeling after a meal.
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Well, I have noiced a distinct reduction in the heartburn, both frequency and intensity. It certainly isn't the instant relief like I get from Tums, but that's okay. I also notice that I'm able to eat more often, which is important because I'm not getting enough calories to gain weight with the twins that I wanted. Digestion in general seems to be better.

So I guess I will keep using it! Thanks for all the replies!

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Hang on, I was researching this as something to alleviate heartburn and bloating but I came across a bunch of stuff that told pregnant women to steer clear of it. Just google "papaya pregnancy". Maybe it is a different form?

What has made a difference for me is the probiotic supplement called "Culturelle". Huge improvement.

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I also thought it was safe until I took 4 tabs and it put me into premature labor at 16 weeks. After doing some research come to find out the papain which is what is taken from the papaya, triggers uterine contractions. Essentially a natural form of oxytocin and prostaglandin, which is used to induce. Papaya enzyme and even the slightest unripened papaya contain papain, which is why it is contraindicated in pregnancy, it causes labor and possibly miscarriage.
Thankfully my contractions stopped after 26 hours and the baby is fine. :
It was a shock and a wake up call to me that even what I may think is benign could have severe consequences.
Dont trust what others tell you, research it yourself.
Be safe!
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You might want to try slippery elm instead. Works like a charm and safe during pregnancy.
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Try chewing on raw almonds for heartburn. I learned about it from a midwife I worked with last year. Buy some RAW almonds and chew them until they are very fine. There is an enzyme in the almonds when they are chewed very finely that helps with heartburn. Almond milk also works. Even my husband has tried it and has raved about it!

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I've taken it during both my pregnancies with my midwives' and doctors' approval.

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I've taken it during both my pregnancies with my midwives' and doctors' approval.
I am now 33 weeks and have been taking Tropical Papaya Enzyme with my midwife's approval for a month now, no problems.

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My midwife actually suggested I take this in place of OTC Prilosec which I have taken for years for reflux. Works well!
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