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

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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.......

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.

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

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

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!

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

Thankyou smile will try and relax!

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 21:20:39

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

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 21:06:08

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

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

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

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

Hi shine0ncrazydiamond thank you for your message

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 09:55:24

Hi ilovepowerhoop Thank you for your message smile

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

PS Alibabaandthe40nappies it is a Thai dish

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 09:51:50

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

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

ilovepowerhoop Sun 13-Jan-13 09:10:31

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. - papaya does not show as a food to avoid

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

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...

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

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

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