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Brinjal While Pregnant: Should You Avoid It?
In India, you will hear a mixed opinion about having eggplant during pregnancy. Is it safe or unsafe? It is because modern science considers it as a safe food while Ayurveda counts it in to-be-avoided vegetables during pregnancy. So what should you do?
Should You Avoid Eating Brinjals?
In India, brinjals or eggplants are easily available in market in rural or urban areas. Eggplants are cheap and can be used in many recipes. This vegetable belongs to the nightshade group. The vegetable has Indian origin and it’s quite popular in the national and international markets as well. Brinjals have Vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fibers and many other essential elements. But, it can trigger allergies and invite many other health issues; especially during pregnancy. Let’s know about the complications caused by Brinjals during pregnancy.
Side Effects of Eggplants during Pregnancy
Unhealthy for Foetus
Ayurveda practitioners advise to avoid brinjals in the diet for pregnant women. Brinjals cure amenorrhea and premenstrual syndrome. Brinjals contains menstruation-stimulating compounds like phytohormones that in high amount may lead to miscarriage or abortion. Though eating eggplants once a week won’t affect you or the baby’s health to a huge extent. Still, avoiding the overeating this vegetable till the childbirth sounds a wise idea.
An expectant woman already faces a tough time; especially when it comes the dos, don’ts and the diet. Pregnant women are suggested to take rest as much as they can. This restricts their physical movement and causes acidity and gas. Eggplant adds to this inconvenience. The case becomes severe when the quality of the brinjal is not good and it’s not cooked properly.
Though there is no solid evidence that brinjal can cause premature delivery but it is found that in many areas, the soil where eggplants grow contain toxoplasmosis, which can affect the health of the mother and the baby leading to premature delivery and other severe issues.
Allergies caused by eggplant are very common, especially due to the weather and lifestyle in India. Some of the common allergies occurring due to eating eggplants are itching on lips, itching on arms and legs, pain in stomach, diarrhea, cough, hives etc.
Eating eggplants in small amounts can provide you many essential nutrients and won’t cause any health issue till you wash and cook it properly. There are many benefits of eggplants as well that a woman can leverage after the childbirth.
Benefits of Brinjal/Eggplant
• Heart protection through anthocyanins, fiber, vitamins and potassium in brinjals
• Brinjal contains nasunin which is good for brain
• Decreases LDL cholesterol
• Helps in weight management
• Good for liver
From the above facts and points, you have got a fair idea about the benefits and side effects of eggplants and the risks involved for the pregnant women. Though eating eggplants once or twice a week may not affect your health severely but it’s not just about you but your baby as well. Hence, it’s better to control the intake of the vegetable during your pregnancy to avoid the unwanted health troubles.