PREGNANT WOMEN EAT SPICY: SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT?
When being pregnant, moms will change the taste and start to like or smell some strange foods, from common foods like chocolate or whipped cream to bizarre things like detergent, acetone, etc. One of the most controversial dishes is spicy food. Many people believe that spicy food is harmful to the development of the fetus but what about reality?
Can spicy foods affect the fetus?
Fortunately, spicy foods do not affect the baby. Actually, spicy foods are one of the few foods that the baby can taste while in the womb because a small amount of spicy food can go into the amniotic fluid.
In fact, while in the womb, the baby prefers to change their taste. If the baby tastes different flavors before and after birth, then he or she will be less picky.
How does spicy food affect pregnant women?
It is believed that pregnant women should avoid eating spicy foods because their body temperature is already “hot” and eating hot foods can increase heat, causing many risks such as effecting on the baby, leading to early labor, leading to miscarriage and birth defects. However, there has not been any scientific research to prove this. Many women who eat spicy food daily (such as Thai or Indian women) during pregnancy still have no intention of changing their diet and have yet to report any mention of the problem.
In fact, spicy foods do not affect the baby but they can still make you uncomfortable due to some of their side effects. Ideally, moms should limit eating spicy if moms feel uncomfortable.
What are the risks & side effects of eating spicy foods?
Eating spicy foods can cause digestive problems that can make pregnant women uncomfortable. Here are the risks and side effects of eating spicy foods during pregnancy:
Morning sickness: Morning sickness is very common in the early stages of pregnancy due to changes in hormone levels. Morning sickness can be made worse by consuming spicy foods.
Heartburn: The likelihood of heartburn and other digestive problems is very high when moms are pregnant. Spicy foods will increase acid reflux and aggravate heartburn, especially in the later months of pregnancy.
What are the tips to eat spicy food properly?
To ensure that moms are not adversely affected by the dangers of spicy foods, moms must consume them appropriately.
- Consuming branded spices and approved by food certification agencies.
- Do not consume semi-liquid spices because they can be impurities such as brick powder.
- If moms are consuming new spices, start by taking small quantities. It is best to buy fresh spices and grind them at home.
- Checking the packaging and expiry date before purchasing spices from outside.
The best thing moms can do is to follow a varied, healthy diet, avoiding foods that make moms uncomfortable. If moms are still worried, moms can go to the doctor or dietitian to ask for advice on the best diet for moms and the baby.