Grapefruit Eating During Pregnancy: Safety, Health Advantages, and Dangers


1. Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a condition that raises the risk of premature separation of the placenta from the uterus (before the baby is born), heavy bleeding, rupture of the liver, and in rare cases, death. Grapefruit is believed to work effectively in controlling preeclampsia. The belief is based on the fact that grapefruit is a good source of potassium and flavonoids that could possibly help in regulating blood pressure. However, the clinical studies to mark the safety and efficacy of consumption of grapefruit or grapefruit juice to regulate blood pressure during pregnancy are sparse.


2. Insomnia

It is believed that grapefruit, when taken before bedtime, can possibly help relieve signs and symptoms of insomnia, which most pregnant women suffer from. However, some studies show that it is not grapefruit but the essence of the flowers that help overcome insomnia. Be cautious, and do not consume grapefruit before bedtime. It has high amounts of vitamin-C that tend to make the system acidic and cause heartburn. This could worsen insomnia.