Papaya is a large tropical fruit that is used as a food, a meat tenderizer, and in traditional medicine as a stomach soother. Can eating papaya help alleviate nausea and morning sickness?
- Better for you – papaya is a healthy, natural snack with lots of vitamins and a low calorie count
- Better for baby – a healthy fruit is better eats for the wee one inside than any drugs out there
- Easy – papaya is commonly sold in health stores diced, dried and ready for nibbling
- Preparing your own fresh papaya can be messy
- Dried papaya did not really help my morning sickness for long
My first trimester with my third little one was a rough one. With past pregnancies, I had morning sickness in the morning or in the evening, but with this one I was sick all. day. long. As I started losing weight (a first for me with any pregnancy) I knew I would have to try something in order to get some food to stay in.
I had heard during a previous pregnancy that papaya was supposed to help with morning sickness. Willing to try whatever natural remedy might work, I picked up some dried papaya from a local health food store.
I didn’t have to wait long for an opportunity to try it out. The next day at work I started nibbling the dried fruit as soon as I had a quiet moment at my desk. And it seemed to work! My nausea faded away as I snacked and I felt a little better. Unfortunately, as soon as I ran out of papaya, I started feeling yucky again. This had been my experience with any snacking I managed to do: a small amount of food would help me feel better as long as I was eating. As soon as I stopped eating, the nausea would return. So really, the papaya didn’t work better than any other snack I could have had. And it also left my mouth feeling sickly sweet and a little gross.
I give the papaya 2 leaves because it wasn’t a total fail: it did help me feel better while I was eating it. But so did most any other snack I managed to get down during those first months. Later, someone told me that papaya enzyme tablets were more effective, but I didn’t get a chance to try them out before I reached my second trimester and the nausea faded away.
Have you tried papaya for morning sickness? How about papaya enzymes? Did they work for you?
PS – You know I’m not a doctor, right? This information is based on my experience only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Your experience may vary, even from one pregnancy to the next. Please remember to speak with your healthcare professional about any medical concerns you have, and follow their recommended course of treatment. You can read additional fine print details here.