Can pregnant women eat spicy food affect the fetus?

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Most pregnant women experience indigestion due to hormonal changes and pressure from the growing uterus. Many pregnant women experience heartburn and spicy foods can aggravate this condition. Therefore, it is best to avoid foods that can trigger heartburn.

1. What does spicy food craving mean?

Pregnancy makes you crave for everything like pickles and ice cream, strawberry jam on burgers, marinara sauce on canned tuna... In general, this is caused by hormonal changes , along with other causes related to pregnancy.
There is no evidence that can decipher the cravings of pregnant women, but there is some information floating around on the internet about why, there are now many women craving spicy food during pregnancy.
Some say it happens more if you're pregnant with a boy, while others wonder if it's some kind of natural instinct to cool down no (literally - eating spicy food makes you sweat and lowers your body temperature).
Either way, your taste buds often change during and after pregnancy, so don't worry if you suddenly have an alarming craving for chili peppers. Because that may not be an important sign to pay attention to.

2. Does spicy food affect the fetus?

Pregnant women who eat spicy food are 100% safe for the fetus. A pregnant woman's spicy eating process can't hurt the baby. However, a small word of caution from one study found that eating certain foods during pregnancy can change amniotic fluid. Even so, there have been no studies specifically looking at spicy food intake.
However, your diet may affect your child's taste buds with all subsequent foods and he or she may later show a preference for certain familiar flavors. That's not a bad thing.
Mang song thai tăng cân thế nào là vừa?
Bà bầu cần lưu ý trong vấn đề lựa chọn thực phẩm giúp đảm bảo sức khỏe cả mẹ và bé

3. Are spicy foods safe for you?

Although eating a lot of spicy food is not harmful to the baby, it can cause some unpleasant side effects for you such as heartburn, indigestion and discomfort afterwards. If you are not used to eating spicy food, pregnancy makes you crave chili, you should start slowly.
Pregnant women should not use spicy foods in large quantities or often in each meal. Besides, you need to make sure that you always drink enough water. Safely prepare especially spicy foods by selecting ingredients that meet quality standards, and by washing hands after handling chili and spicy foods.

4. Trimester side effects

During the first trimester, eating spicy foods is not likely to cause many problems, although it can worsen morning sickness. If you're having problems with nausea and vomiting all day, spicy foods can make things worse.
During the second and third trimesters, eating spicy foods can cause: heartburn, due to the growing uterus, forcing stomach acid up into the esophagus, thereby causing indigestion, nausea, diarrhea , flatulence and bloating. This can increase the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

5. Can spicy foods help start labor?

If you are nearing the end of your pregnancy and thinking about starting labor, people around you will probably advise you to eat spicy. In fact, this advice is so popular that researchers have actually studied it alongside other ways of stopping labor like: walking, having sex, and using laxatives.
Researchers conducted a study in 201 postpartum women and found that 50% of women used natural methods to induce labor. Of these, up to 20% of cases use spicy food to get the job done.
Thế nào là chuyển dạ đình trệ?
Phụ nữ mang thai có thể tham khảo nhiều phương pháp hỗ trợ chuyển dạ khác nhau ở 3 tháng cuối thai kỳ

6. Additional precautions

You may need to put some measures in place to prepare for heartburn when eating spicy foods if it helps you to satisfy a strong craving, but remember to eliminate heartburn when you eat spicy food. Pregnant.
Not all over-the-counter medications that treat heartburn, indigestion and nausea symptoms are considered safe for pregnant women. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing severe or persistent GI symptoms, such as: diarrhea, burning pain, cramping, bloating.
With comments about spicy food during pregnancy, mothers should pay attention to adjust their diet accordingly, helping to ensure the best source of nutrition for the development of the fetus and the health of the fetus. little.
For more peace of mind during pregnancy as well as advice on a diet suitable for each mother's condition, you can refer to and choose the maternity service package. With this package, mothers will receive periodic antenatal check-ups, perform routine tests to monitor their health, and specialist doctors will recommend a diet and rest suitable for their health. mother and fetal development at the present time.

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Reference source: healthline.com - webmd.com - babycenter.com


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