Does Eating Pineapple or Getting Acupuncture Aid in Implantation?

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“Women have been eating lots of pineapple all during their pregnancies for centuries and have been fine, but to be safe, I tell women to stop after implantation would have occurred.”

How much should be eaten and how much is too much? When should one eat it?

“According to the research, the best way to consume it is to cut out the core of the pineapple, as that is where the bromelain is most concentrated. Then cut the core into five pieces and eat one piece a day, refrigerating the other pieces during that time.

“This should only be done starting at ovulation and through the window for implantation, typically up to 12-14 days past ovulation.

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“After that, one should stop eating it, as then the research shifts, and things like blood thinners can work against you; they can be harmful to an early pregnancy. Now, this is a food source, and effects are subtle. All over the world, women have been eating lots of pineapple all during their pregnancies for centuries and have been fine, but to be safe, I tell women to stop after implantation would have occurred.

“And for those doing IVF, this would be a shorter window—more like 5-7 days post transfer. Of course, some women need blood thinners, and in those cases, they should be managed by their doctor. But in terms of the pineapple, once the period of implantation is over, one should stop eating pineapple to be safe.”

Doesn't the acid cause problems such as miscarriage?

“I have read that online, but [I have] not seen any studies supporting it. And what I have read suggested that consuming lots of pineapple after implantation—during the first trimester—could cause problems. The only things I have read have been anecdotal, though. That said, if there is such evidence out there, then this should be discontinued as a practice.

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“I am constantly trying to keep up with new research. But as far as I know, taken in the amounts I described during the time frame I described, I haven't seen evidence of a problem.”

Is it only the core that helps?

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“It is any part of the pineapple, because it is the bromelain that is helpful, and that is present throughout the pineapple. But according to research, you would have to eat very large quantities of pineapple to get the amount of the enzyme you want that way. Bromelain is much more concentrated in the core, so it is easier to get the amount desired by eating part of the core each day.”

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Does Eating Pineapple or Getting Acupuncture Aid in Implantation?

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2 comments

  1. Helen says:

    While I like to eat pineapple on a regular basis, using it because it can help with conceiving or implantation is not supported by the current science available.

  2. Kara says:

    i heard pineapple can hep promote labor but in very large quantities. i didn’t know it can help in implantation too

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