Spicy Food during pregnancy Myths and Details

 

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In the second and third trimester, eating spicy food may cause: heartburn, as your growing uterus forces stomach acids higher into your esophagus. indigestion. nausea. diarrhea, gas, and bloating. an increase in gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) symptoms. Spicy food will increase acid reflux and aggravate heartburn, especially in the late months of pregnancy. If you decide to eat spicy food, pair it with a glass of milk to minimise heartburn.

Honey can also help prevent heartburn after eating a spicy. Can you eat spicy foods during pregnancy? ANSWER A majority of pregnant women experience indigestion as a result of hormonal changes and pressure from a growing uterus.

Myth: Spicy food—or any food—induces labor. Though an overdue woman would love to pop a jalapeño and go into labor, it just doesn’t work that way. Eliza Ross, MD, OB-GYN, of the Cleveland Clinic said that there’s no evidence that spicy food causes labor. For example, spicy undercooked and raw eggs, poultry, meats, seafood, and deli meats should be avoided, because they have a higher chance to cause listeriosis in pregnant mothers causing miscarriage or preterm labour. There are no studies that prove spicy food is harmful for pregnancy.

Eating Spicy Isn’t Harmful To The Baby. However, Avoid If You Feel Discomfort Or The Baby Refuses To Drink Milk. Pregnancy induces a wariness and caution toward what you eat, drink, and do. A similar feeling and myth surround spicy foods during pregnancy.

It is believed that eating hot and spicy foods can lead to miscarriage and induce labour. Fact: There is no evidence to support this myth. The only disadvantage of eating spicy food is the heartburn and gas that you may have to suffer through later.

If you include a moderate quantity of spicy food in your diet during pregnancy, it will do you no harm. 4. Myth: Spice during pregnancy causes blindness in babies. The truth: Eating spicy foods during pregnancy is perfectly safe but may lead to heartburn. It is a long-standing myth that spicy foods are not good for the human body at all. Actually, the excess of anything is bad and the same rule applies to spicy foods also.

Several studies conducted around spicy foods have proved that they are high in nutrients such as calcium plus vitamins A and C, and there’s some evidence that hot chillies can also reduce cardiovascular disease risk, help. This is because, according to the myth, craving salty and spicy food is related to the birth of a baby boy. The old wives’ tale also confirms that if you are craving for sweets while you are pregnant, you are going to have a baby girl.

Here too, it’s a no from science.

List of related literature:

It is believed that when a woman eats food containing pepper, the baby will be born with a rash and therefore pregnant women are discouraged from eating spicy foods.

“Childbirth Across Cultures: Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum” by Pamela Kendall Stone, Helaine Selin
from Childbirth Across Cultures: Ideas and Practices of Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Postpartum
by Pamela Kendall Stone, Helaine Selin
Springer Netherlands, 2009

Eating “hot” foods at this time, such as red peppers, spicy soups, red meat, garlic, ginger, onion, coffee, and sweets, is believed to cause abortion or premature labor (Le, Ngai, Lok, Yip, & Chung, 2009).

“AWHONN's Perinatal Nursing” by Kathleen R. Simpson
from AWHONN’s Perinatal Nursing
by Kathleen R. Simpson
Wolters Kluwer Health, 2013

Eating “hot” foods, such as red peppers, spicy soups, red meat, garlic, ginger, onion, coffee, and sweets, at this time is believed to cause abortion or premature labor.

“Perinatal Nursing” by Kathleen Rice Simpson, Patricia A. Creehan, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
from Perinatal Nursing
by Kathleen Rice Simpson, Patricia A. Creehan, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses
Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

The amniotic fluid surrounding your baby picks up flavors from your food; especially pungent flavors like curry, cumin, garlic, onion and other spicy foods.

“Praying Through Your Pregnancy: An Inspirational Week-by-Week Guide for Bonding with Your Baby” by Jennifer Polimino, Carolyn Warren
from Praying Through Your Pregnancy: An Inspirational Week-by-Week Guide for Bonding with Your Baby
by Jennifer Polimino, Carolyn Warren
Gospel Light, 2010

You may be back to eating the comfort foods of early pregnancy, unless, of course, you are gambling that the wives’ tales are true, and that spicy foods do indeed help bring on labor.

“The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine
from The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy
by Vicki Iovine
Pocket Books, 2007

Excessive salt, ginger, and chilies are believed by some to be unhealthy for the fetus.

“Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World's Cultures Topics Volume 1; Cultures -” by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember
from Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World’s Cultures Topics Volume 1; Cultures –
by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember
Springer US, 2003

Rumours also abound that different foods will affect the baby, in particular that spicy foods, or ‘gassy foods’ will upset your baby and give them wind or ‘reflux’.

“The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks” by Milli Hill
from The Positive Birth Book: A new approach to pregnancy, birth and the early weeks
by Milli Hill
Pinter & Martin Ltd, 2017

There’s no risk from spicy foods during pregnancy, and, in fact, since peppers of all kinds (including hot ones) are packed with vitamin C, many of these foods are extra nutritious.

“What to Expect When You're Expecting 4th Edition” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What to Expect When You’re Expecting 4th Edition
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

If you’re eating spicy foods now, your baby just may grow up liking foods such as guacamole or peppers.

“The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths” by Susan Magee, Kara Nakisbendi
from The Pregnancy Countdown Book: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths
by Susan Magee, Kara Nakisbendi
Quirk Books, 2006

If during pregnancy there is overindulgence in strong-flavored or spicy foods, exposure to exogenous Heat evil or internal injury by the passions, Heat readily disturbs the Chong and Ren Meridians and forces blood to move erratically.

“Essentials of Chinese Medicine” by Liang Liu, Zhanwen Liu
from Essentials of Chinese Medicine
by Liang Liu, Zhanwen Liu
Springer London, 2011

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  • The smoked fish part is also abt listeria. Usually smoked salmone is sold and stored and served as cold deli and so it can have growth of listeria. It’s fine to use in cooked dish though as long as it is heated enough.

  • For myth 24, i was going to get an epidural but then my mom told me what that they had to put a needle in my spine and if i moved i could become paralyzed. Natural birth was good and the worst part was actually the labor.

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  • Thank you for this information im worried about it actually, i love eating spicy food i thought its not good for pregnant women..thank you! Now im free to eat and no worries at all…�� Godbless

  • This is really helpful. Im not pregnant or will be anytime soon and I aslo dont have my own but knowing this before hand is really helpful. I know very little about this topic so it’s nice to learn about it

  • I believe in laying on your Left side is the most healthiest bc it was true during both my pregnancies. If I laid on my back my baby heart rate went down. If I laid on my right it also went down but on the left heart rate went back up and stable. All of this was while I was on the monitor at 38 wks pregnant. So I personally will continue to follow that myth then about sleeping on your left side

  • I had a hot chillie when i was pregnant with my son i was 40 weks but not long later my waters broke i think it was the chillie that helped

  • I think they look for to much evidence and dont look at common sense?!? Your telling me that if i was to go dye my hair witch lets say its a blonde hair dye that contains bleach in it.. That the smell of chemicals will not harm a baby the size of a pee? Cuz last time I checked I am a grown woman and the smell of hair dye bothers me…?? Use common sense not things that are not studied….

  • Thank you for making these lovely videos. I hope you don’t mind some feedback. As much as I love the way you put together the topic visually, I do feel that the intro part is quiet long. Otherwise fantastic content! Thank you.

  • Two things about the cat thing
    1. My mom did the cat litter (which was probably why her birth was difficult, idk)
    2. She had to get rid of the cat after I was born because he got jealous of me.

    Lol

  • 3:44 my aunt was pregnant and turned out to be allergic to cats. she never have any symptoms, pre during or post pregnancy, so there was no way of knowing. she ended up dying 2 hours after being born

  • Literally anyone who believes it’s okay to drink or so drugs while pregnant should be immediately arrested. It is child abuse full stop.

  • I’ve only been induced. (3 times) I’d love for this time my body go into labor on it’s own ��. I was told induction is more painful, I’m glad you cleared that up. I’d like to experience both for myself though.