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Freaking out a little - ate raw papaya salad and did not realise it can cause miscarriage

(33 Posts)
Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 02:28:28


This is my first pregnancy and I ate a little raw papaya salad and did not realise that it is widely known to cause miscarriages due to the latex.

Has anyone eaten this by mistake and been okay?

Am crying inside a little right now. Trying not to freak out too much.......

OpheliasWeepingWillow Sun 13-Jan-13 02:32:52

Papaya? Is fine. Totally fine!

Dottiespots Sun 13-Jan-13 02:35:34

Only unripe papaya is a threat.

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 02:45:19

Hi @awsangel that is what I ate, some raw papaya salad sad

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 02:46:33

Hi OpheliasWeepingWillow I think that ripe papaya is okay but I ate raw papaya salad which contains chemicals that can cause miscarriage sad

exexpat Sun 13-Jan-13 02:47:35

You would have to eat tons of it for there to be even the slightest chance of it having any effect at all, and I somehow doubt it would do anything then, judging by the lack of success of overdue friends of mine who tried papaya, curry etc etc to bring on labour.

I hadn't heard of that particular thing being on the don't-eat-in-pregnancy list (I was living in Japan and they have completely different ideas about what foods are safe/unsafe to eat in pregnancy) and I am fond of papaya, so I am sure I ate a whole papaya several times in both pregnancies. You really don't need to worry about one portion of salad.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 13-Jan-13 02:48:21

Yes but it can be raw and still ripe - which it would have been if you were eating it surely?

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 03:04:39

Hi exepat Thank you for your message, logic is telling me that but I buggering read a shed load of stuff on Google and the constant noting of the enzymes etc., that cause contractions are hanging around like a bad smell but I will try not to think about it too much. Thanks again smile

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 03:05:51

Hi Alibabaandthe40nappies Unfortunately it will have been raw (green). Thank you for your message though.

exexpat Sun 13-Jan-13 03:27:37

One basic rule of pregnancy: stay away from Google. In fact, it's a pretty sound rule most of the time when it comes to anything medical. After 5 minutes on WebMD etc I think most of us could diagnose ourselves with terminal cancer of one sort or another.

Just think of it this way: if unripe papaya was so effective at triggering miscarriage,there would be a huge black market for it in Ireland and other places where abortion is banned, but I've never heard of anyone being charged with supplying exotic fruit with intent to procure an abortion...

Dottiespots Sun 13-Jan-13 03:30:18

Hi....what do you mean by "raw" papaya op???? Its ok to have it raw as its a fruit but you are best eating it ripe as in yellow not green skinned.

Dottiespots Sun 13-Jan-13 03:33:23

Ah....get it.....your meaning saying "raw" when your meaning "unripe" i think.

MrsMushroom Sun 13-Jan-13 03:40:35

Raw means uncooked....unripe means green.....which do you mean? Was it ripe and raw? Or unripe and raw?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 13-Jan-13 08:46:41

Where serves unripe fruit in a salad? Surely it is horrible??

meditrina Sun 13-Jan-13 08:54:32

When did you eat it?

If unripe fruit is going to cause the runs (and that's what's associated with increased risk of MC), it's normally less than a day after consuming it. Any diahorrhea or cramping?

from nhs site:

It is traditionally suggested that unripe or semi-ripe papaya contains substances which could cause uterine contractions. Although this has not been proved to be true in the scientific literature, pregnant women may wish to avoid unripe and semi-ripe papaya during pregnancy.

www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/foods-to-avoid-pregnant.aspx#close - papaya does not show as a food to avoid

shine0ncrazydiamond Sun 13-Jan-13 09:13:34

Try and get a sense of perspective . I'm almost certain that you could eat this dish every day for the next 9 months and be perfectly fine.

Chill out smile

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:51:50

Hi awsangel and MrsMushroom Sorry, I described it so badly, yes, it is green (unripe) papaya salad.

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:53:33

Hi Alibabaandthe40nappies unfortunately is delicious, it is a savoury salad. The unripe papaya is more like a vegetable.

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:54:20

PS Alibabaandthe40nappies it is a Thai dish

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:55:24

Hi ilovepowerhoop Thank you for your message smile

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:58:10

Hi meditrina Thank you for your message. I did pass a softer stool (sorry TMI) later that evening and nothing since. I don't think that I have experienced anymore cramping than usual since I found out I was pregnant (I have had little twinges here and there but thought that was natural due to growth of uterus).

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:58:45

Hi shine0ncrazydiamond thank you for your message

Yuki7667 Sun 13-Jan-13 09:59:59

Hi exepat You make complete sense and I hope that you are right. Thank you very much smile

Kiriwawa Sun 13-Jan-13 10:03:03

You mean Som Tam? Blimey, I ate that loads when I was pregnant - I had no idea it could cause miscarriage.

Please don't worry and don't google - you'll drive yourself mad

Kirstiii Mon 21-Apr-14 21:06:08

Hi Yuki7667,
Sorry to restart an old thread but I found this while frantically googling! Do you mind if I ask whether things turned out ok for you? I have just eaten some raw papaya salad without thinking, then stupidly googled it and found it is possibly a cause of miscarriage. I am 6 weeks pregnant after 2 miscarriages and am freaking out. Thanks x

Elastigrrrl Mon 21-Apr-14 21:18:16

I had loads of this GORGEOUS salad (now I want some) when I was visiting family over Christmas, would have been about 14 weeks then and was totally fine. I suspect this is one of those overblown food issues; even if it has any applicability in real life, it almost certainly applies to enormous quantities of the chemicals in question.

Don't worry.

Kirstiii Mon 21-Apr-14 21:20:39

Elastigrrrl - thankyou SO much for such a reassuring message. I am freaking out over the tiniest little thing at the moment as we're coming up to the point where things went wrong before, so it's really nice to have a positive reply! I will step away from google (well, I'll try) Thanks again x

AndIFeedEmGunpowder Mon 21-Apr-14 21:24:16

Yah I ate it a few times too. Dd is snoring next to me. Congratulations on your pregnancy, such an anxious time but it gets less scary further on. flowers

Kirstiii Mon 21-Apr-14 21:56:19

Thankyou smile will try and relax!

porcito Tue 22-Apr-14 00:46:58

I live in Mexico where this is pretty much a staple. I've eaten it ripe, unripe, covered in (probably unpasteurized) cream etc. and it's all been fine. I had the same panic about pineapple after spending 5 minutes on evil Google, but you have to eat SO much of it (like impossible amounts) for it to have an affect. Try not to worry!

splendide Tue 22-Apr-14 09:41:30

I had never heard this! I love green papaya salad and make it myself often.

Elastigrrrl Tue 22-Apr-14 11:55:59

Mmm, yes to pineapple! Have been addicted to it throughout and despite looking through the research, not yet seen one shred of good evidence to suggest it's problematic, just people spreading random rumours. Not that I'm encouraging anyone to eat it if they're not comfortable, just sharing my (heavily fruit-dependent) experience.

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