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|It is best to avoid fresh papaya early in pregnancy unless you are 100% certain of complete ripeness. Later in pregnancy a ripe papaya can assist with heartburn control. If your Dr. has recommended natural methods for induction after 38 weeks of pregnancy, eating a slightly unripened papaya may be just the ticket.|
|A fully ripe papaya is not considered dangerous, however a papaya that is the least bit unripe contains a latex substance that is believed to trigger uterine contractions and may lead to early labor or miscarriage. Researchers have noted that unripe papaya latex acts like prostaglandin and oxytocin, which the body makes to start labor. Synthetic prostaglandin and oxytocin are commonly used to start or strengthen labor contractions.|
mama to a sweet girl , & 4 silly boys
Adina mama to B 4/06 and E 8/13/12 (on her due date!)
Originally Posted by AdinaL
Yeah - the enzymes are different than the fruit and have different properties. So while avoiding the upripe fruit would be a good choice for fear of triggering labor, the enzymes only act on you digestion.
I love my papaya enzymes! I would be sad without them!