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Pregnancy tip #47 – Be careful while eating mangoes

Mangoes are known to contain certain allergens, so beware

Written by Debjani Arora |Published : June 4, 2018 12:22 PM IST

No, we are not telling you to stay away from your favourite fruit during your pregnancy. We know that you might be craving for the pulpy, juicy fruit more during this time. But what we definitely want to remind you is to be cautious while eating mangoes during pregnancy. While it is the favourite fruit for many, it has also gained itself a bad rep as a fruit that increases body temperature, elevates blood sugar levels, leads to acne and in some extreme cases skin rashes too. Well, if you have been warned like many others to be cautious while eating mangoes during pregnancy let us tell you that there aren t any significant dangers in consuming mangoes during pregnancy. However, keep in mind that you should eat mangoes in moderation and not eat too much at a time as it can lead to indigestion too. Here are 10 foods you should never eat during your pregnancy.

As a fruit, they tend to be little heavy on your digestive system and takes time to digest. During pregnancy when your metabolism becomes sluggish and slow burdening your digestive system with too many mangoes isn t a wise idea. Eat in moderation. However, when you eat mangoes, especially if you are trying out a new variant keep a tab. Though allergies due to mango consumption are rare it is not unheard of. There is a possibility that with compromised immunity during pregnancy you might end up with a mango allergy which you never experience in the past. Mango allergies can manifest in two forms immediate hypersensitivity and delayed hypersensitivity. Read to know if you can be allergic to mangoes.

In immediate hypersensitivity, the reactions start soon after one consumes mangoes and is usually attributed to indigestion of mangoes. The symptoms are wheezing with difficulty in breathing, redness of the skin or erythema, rashes with itching or urticaria, swelling under the skin of the face, throat or abdomen or angioedema. In addition to this, some might also develop respiratory troubles and itching of eyes and mouth, swelling of eyelids, profuse sweating and chest tightness. The symptoms usually overlap in people suffering from immediate hypersensitivity due to mango consumption. For people who are allergic to mangoes, these symptoms might develop within 15 or 30 minutes after consuming mangoes. Delayed hypersensitivity can manifest as contact dermatitis, periorbital oedema and eczematous rash and blister formation around lips. Delayed hypersensitivity reaction to mango can occur either by direct contact with the mango or even the tree itself. Ingestion due to mangoes too can be a cause of the same. Here are nine foods that you should never order in a restaurant during pregnancy.

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However, an allergy to mango or a reaction to it is very unusual for Indians. But during pregnancy you need to be little cautions, more so if you are among people who suffer from any kind of food allergies. As mangoes do contain allergens and can cause rashes, itching, blisters around lips one needs to be careful. In case, you develop the signs of allergies as mentioned above, get in touch with your doctor, before it gets worse. Allergies aren t the only worry about eating mangoes during pregnancy. In fact, studies have shown that consumption of mangoes during the second trimester of pregnancy can also lead to gestational diabetes the complications of which are overweight babies, birth defects, etc. So, be cautious.


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