Can You Eat Mango When Pregnant? [Explained]

Verified by Edna Skopljak MD
Verified by Edna Skopljak MD

Edna Skopljak is a medical doctor and an editor at BJBMS medical journal. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo School of Science and Technology.

Mangoes are all-time favorite fruit that people of all ages enjoy. However, women might wonder if they can eat mangoes during their pregnancy. 

Some believe the fruit is a healthy snack and can be beneficial during pregnancy, while others may be concerned that it could cause complications. What is the truth? Can you eat mango when pregnant? 

Can you eat mango when pregnant?

Yes, mangoes are generally considered safe to eat during pregnancy. This is because they are rich in vitamins A and C, which can help support a healthy immune system.

Eating mangoes can also boost energy and nutrition, and their fiber content may aid digestion and prevent constipation, which is common during pregnancy. Mangoes also contain folate, a B vitamin that helps to prevent congenital disabilities.

However, it is essential to note that pregnant women should consume mangoes in moderation. Overeating this fruit can lead to an imbalance in your blood sugar levels, which could possibly cause complications during pregnancy. 

Moreover, pregnant women may experience heartburn or indigestion after eating mangoes, so again, eating this fruit in moderation is imperative.

Do not forget to wash them properly and peel them before eating, as they may still contain pesticides or other contaminants that can harm the mum and the baby.

What fruits cannot be eaten during pregnancy?

Generally, it is advised to avoid eating certain fruits like papaya, pineapple, and green figs during pregnancy. 

Papaya contains a compound called latex, which can cause uterine contractions and put the baby at risk. Pineapple contains an enzyme that can increase the risk of miscarriage, while green figs may harbor bacteria.

Soon-to-be moms should also avoid grapes, guava, and raw jackfruit because of the possibility of exposure to high pesticide residue levels, which is dangerous for the unborn child.

Can I eat raw mango during pregnancy?

Pregnant women may consume raw mangoes, given that the fruit is washed thoroughly. This is because unwashed raw mangoes may have bacteria and harmful toxins that can cause food poisoning. 

It is also advised only to eat ripe mangoes as unripe ones are said to cause an upset stomach, stomach discomfort, and indigestion. 

Can I drink mango lassi during pregnancy?

Mango lassi, a popular drink in India made of mango, yogurt, milk and sugar, is a healthy snack that pregnant women can enjoy in moderation as it contains beneficial vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc and folate. 

However, only consume mango lassis made with pasteurized milk and yogurt to keep the mom and the baby away from E. coli or Listeria. 

Also, avoid those made with cream as they may have high levels of fat. Choose the right ingredients in making the drink to avoid potential risks.


In conclusion, ripe mangoes and mango lassis can be healthy snacks for pregnant women. Eating this fruit can provide a boost of energy and nutrition while also helping to prevent congenital disabilities. Make sure that the mangoes are appropriately washed and eaten in moderation, as excessive intake may lead to an imbalance in blood sugar levels or indigestion.