Is it safe to consume EGGPLANT (Brinjal) during pregnancy?

Eggplant (Brinjal) during pregnancy

Once people around you know you are pregnant, the unsolicited advice starts pouring in!!!! Not sure how much they will help you, but one thing is for sure- they will confuse you. So from a woman who will soon be a mom, you suddenly become a CBI agent!!

Every fruit every vegetable is a suspect and you don’t know whom to trust. And it is here that ANGO- your pregnancy buddy helps you solve the greatest mystery of all time- Can I eat EGGPLANT?

Before we answer that, let’s tell you something about our suspect 🙂 Eggplant (brinjal), popularly know as Brinjal, it is one of the most commonly found vegetables in Asia. 

Where on one hand eggplant is very beneficial for the mother and the baby, there are also some myths about consuming it during pregnancy.

Listed below are the health benefits and side effects of having eggplant during pregnancy:

Benefits:

  1. Helps prevent birth defects- Eggplant is a rich source of folate and folic acid, essential for the proper development of the baby. It reduces the risk of neural tube defects in the baby and also helps in the growth of red blood cells in the baby’s body.
  2. Supports fetal development- Eggplant are rich in Vitamin A, B complex, C and E all of which promote the growth of the fetus.
  3. Helps maintain electrolyte balance- Rich in minerals like manganese, potassium, iron and copper, eggplant helps in maintaining the electrolyte balance in the body and also helps in increasing the blood supply and haemoglobin count.
  4. Immunity booster- Eggplant’s outer skin has nasunin, an anthocyanin, present in it, which possesses antioxidant properties that helps in preventing the risks of cell and DNA damage and cognitive disorders in newborns. This antioxidant rich vegetable also helps in boosting your immunity, thereby, protecting you against infections and diseases.
  5. Helps manage gestational diabetes- it is important to keep your blood glucose levels under control to avoid any fluctuation in your blood sugar level. Adding eggplant to your diet can help manage your gestational diabetes better and prevent spikes in the blood sugar levels substantially.
  6. Treats hypertension- Eggplant contain bioflavonoids that help minimize blood pressure, promotes good heart health during pregnancy. So if you are suffering from hypertension, eggplant can be a natural remedy to treat it.
  7. Treats digestive disorders- In pregnancy, you might suffer from a lot of digestive disorders like constipation, indigestion etc. Eggplant is rich in dietary fibre which helps promote proper bowel movement, minimising constipation and maximising the absorption of nutrients during pregnancy.
  8. Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) levels- By lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, eggplant reduces the risk of heart-related problems and keeps the heart healthy.

Side effects:

  1. Increases chances of miscarriage- Eggplant consists of phytohormones which has menstruation inducing properties. If you eat eggplant during pregnancy, then it might induce labour and lead to miscarriage.
  2. Increases chances of premature birth- Regular and excessive consumption of eggplants can induce uterine contractions which can lead to premature birth.
  3. Acidity- Excessive consumption of eggplant can lead to acidity and discomfort during pregnancy.
  4. Digestive problems- Eggplant can make you prone to allergies, so cook it properly before consuming.

Though doctors do not specifically ask you to avoid consuming eggplant but it is better to avoid any potential risks!

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