CAN I EAT SPICY DURING PREGNANCY?
In today’s article, we are gonna answer to the eternal question: Can you eat spicy during pregnancy?
If you think you have that undefeatable self-control that you can limit your urge for foods and food types, then, you have not been pregnant. One reoccurring happening among many that typify pregnancy is bizarre cravings.
Hormones of pregnancy may have their turn on you quite much that they affect your senses of taste and smell so much that you may find yourself having preferences for foods with stronger taste and smell.
SO CAN YOU EAT SPICY DURING PREGNANCY?
Spicy foods can be what would interest you. Isn’t that bad? If you eat spicy during pregnancy will harm the baby?
You will have a whole other lot of cravings. It’s not new. In fact, it will be a little weird if you don’t experience that. The world has moved away from the days of mythical beliefs when pregnancy comes with a list of forbidden foods. Just like any pregnant lady may be having cravings, it has happened to me, and I’m here to give you firsthand information that is thrilling.
The irresistible want started. I craved spicy food during pregnancy second trimester. I approached my doctor because I wouldn’t do anything without her. It was my first pregnancy.
“Doc, I’m pregnant and craving spicy.” She laughed and her reply got me scared immediately. “Go have it, but get ready to be brought here.”
I knew my doctor jokes a lot because she’s my friend. I sat near her and she saw I was ready for a serious discussion. From our discussion, I could learn a lot, which you’ll learn now as well.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF EATING SPICY FOOD WHILE PREGNANT
Eating spicy foods may not directly harm the baby. However, you are in a period when you are very susceptible to a lot of things. Hence, you don’t want to risk any part of your health. Pregnant women run high risks of suffering heartburn. It is just very advisable to avoid the spicier dishes regardless of how desperate you crave them. Spicy foods are safe for your baby, but they can easily make you uncomfortable.
Spicy foods are known to aggravate heartburn, so, that may be one main reason you want to avoid it, and not because of your baby’s health. There are reports of several pregnant women who used to their previous spicy food menus and they stuck to it during pregnancy, yet, gave birth with no troubles.
WHAT MY DOCTOR TOLD ME?
If you visit your doctor, just as mine did, she would not stop you from taking spicy foods during your first and second trimester. She would, however, advise you to reduce it to the barest minimum during your third trimester. When I heard this, the question that I immediately asked was “What if I crave spicy food during pregnancy third trimester?”
Well, I was given the go-ahead, however, I was instructed not to go for it the way I craved it. I should try all my best to put it under intense check. But why? Your growing baby is big and kicking, so he can push stomach acids towards your esophagus. During the last trimester, you run a bigger risk of suffering heartburn than ever.
Another adverse effect that comes with spicy foods is that you run greater risks of morning sicknesses.
WHAT IS MORNING SICKNESS?
During the first trimester, most of you will feel a little sick every morning. Due to changes in hormone levels, pregnant women could be found vomiting often, having stomach upsets, and nausea. Spicy foods may take any of the mentioned forms to add to morning sickness.
Some people have the popular belief that eating spicy foods will induce labor. There is no medical backup for that. It can, however, give digestion problems and other issues, and you may just be lucky to be one of the many ladies who eat spicy foods and not gets affected at all.
Does it mean spicy foods will have no effect at all on the fetus? Well, medical findings have established that flavors can be passed from the mother to the fetus through the amniotic fluid. It means that whatever the mother eats can shape the preferences of the child’s taste in later life. So, most spicy dishes are safe during pregnancy.
However, you really want to avoid meals with half cooked meats, seafood or poultry, fish high in mercury (mackerel, swordfish, shark, etc.), unpasteurized dairy products, etc. If you are eating away from home, do not hesitate to ask waiters if your meal does not consist of all these as they have been reported to cause birth defects.
So did we answer your main concern? Are you still scared to eat spicy during pregnancy?
Let me tell you something.
You are a beautiful pregnant woman, you should not be scared to have a taste when you start craving for spicy foods. If it is all about your baby, be rest assured nothing is going to be wrong, but if it is you, hello, you are an adult. Evaluate yourself.
Start with a very little quantity and see if your body is not in any way against it. If you feel anything, you should put how you take it under control so you don’t put yourself under health risks. I know you have a question. Yes, I gave birth to a bouncing baby boy and he’s sitting right beside me watching me writing this.
Enjoy life! You are beautiful.