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.

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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.


  • 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.

  • Are you sure about myth 6? According to this article, they found different taste preferences in babies trying carrots for the first time as solid food. They had different facial expression due to what the mother got during the pregnancy and breastfeeding period.

    Name of article: “Prenatal and Postnatal Flavor Learning by Human Infants” source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1351272/

  • I have 3 brothers with fetal alcohol syndrome (mental retardation due to exposure to alcohol in the womb). It is NEVER ok to drink while pregnant!

  • My latina mother bother me so much be cause my 2 cats I need this video in Spanish

    Lemon is the best thing

    My morning sickness is the whole day:(

  • Watching this while pregnant and drinking my coffee. I drink half-caff so I can still have two cups instead of the recommended one.:)

  • Just because something hasn’t been scientifically studied, doesn’t mean it is a myth….Unless it has been debunked, it should be called a hypothesis.

  • When is the best time to take a pregnancy test? my husband and I have been trying. My cycle is a week late. is now the perfect time or should i wait a few days more?

  • A developing baby? I thought that a fetus is just a blob of tissue, it does not grow, and it is not human, even though it’s in a human woman? Wth, now I am really confused…smh

  • Thank you so muchhhh…..without eating spicy food most of the food I ate is just Blah Blah Blah. Even I drink water still taste like Blah. Can’t even swallow my food unless I make it spicy.

  • I’m 7 months pregnant and this was really helpful but a little late on some lol. I’m also very thankful that I’m having a very easy pregnancy. Cx

  • Oh thanks so much.my husband and me always fight over i eating chilli or spicy food.my mother in law too.they so afraid of affect the child when i eat chilli.

  • Hi Sir, Namaste��, mera naam Manju hai..mujhe baby girl November 2019 me hui thi.jab se aaj tak mujhe period nhi aaya hai..maine testing kit se chek bhi ki… negetive result hai..kya reason hai mujhe period nhi aa rhe hai…plz advise

  • delivery k baad tanda pani pee sakthay hai its said k tanda paani peenay say breast milk tanda hogha or is say baby bimar ho jaye gha

  • My in my sisterinlaws pregnancy she started eating fast food during breast feeding and.my niece was constipated..there’s just no way around this shit…��

  • I’m getting the indigestion and shortness of breath at 20 weeks pregnant and there’s no possible way for me to digest extra calories I have a hard enough time getting a normal recommended daily intake for a woman. I’m not really concerned cause the baby is healthy but it is pretty annoying lol

  • This is really helpful, I wish I had seen this video earlier! You two ladies are so kind and knowledgeable, thank you for making such a nice video for us:)

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  • Is the reason that there is no evidence supporting these myths because no one is doing studies or that studies are disproving the claims?

  • to all people who’s asking why the hell they still watch this video although it has nothing to do with them: there’s nothing wrong with getting yourself educated and well-informed. you can share this knowledge with your relatives and that would be totally helpful. ��

  • I’m barely 2 months pregnant and my gynecologist said I could not dye my hair or even paint my nails during my pregnancy. I need to change my doct.

  • Fetal alcohol syndrome baby happens when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol and causes facial deformities and brain damage to the fetus

  • I’m 37 weeks and 1 day today just wondering if eating a jar of jalapeño will effect baby… I had a whole pineapple too yesterday I need more info if possible thank u x

  • It’s astonishing how people will just believe any stupid thing you tell them if you present it like a fact.
    Btw did you know you can’t handle tarantulas while pregnant because their hairs can get into your uterus and hurt the baby?

  • Sir mera 7week chal raha h Or 3 din se blood araha h jase mc me ata h to kya me pregnent ho ya nhi me ap se baat karna chati hon please namber djye

  • as somebody being pregnant and hearing medical advises from 3 different european country gyns i feel that american gyns have a very different “evidence” O.o there were some myths in here that these two completely debunked but where i (or my friends) live, doctors do tell you that it’s not recommended. for example smoked salmon is considered risky as any other “not completely cooked meat” and should be avoided because of possible bacterias, but if you prepare it with heat (steamed, cooked, baked, fried etc) salmon is ofc recommeded but not more than 2-3 times a week (same goes for all the other “healthy” fish during pregnancy. that’s legit written in every book pregnant women get from doctor O.o spicy food and labor i am not sure but they tell you to avoid spicy food because it an induce miscarriage (so if you are late in pregnancy it might induce labor i guess?) and more like a third of those myths here that they debunked totally is considered actual medical advices here, not a myth O.o can somebody explain me how can european and american doctor have so different “evidence” to go by? for example here they will recommend you to avoid coffee. it’s not the end of the world if you have a cup here and there (not as problematic as wine) but it is still recommended to stay away from it (and teas and any other drink with caffeine) unless it’s a decaf, then it’s not really limited:D
    are american pregnancy that much different from europeans or what O.o

  • Natural birth is better I had natural and epidural and I choose natural it’s faster and you are back to your normal self after having the baby

  • A stranger who I just met at the post office, who appeared to be a nurse because she was wearing scrubs, asked if I was having a girl (she was right). I have no idea how she guessed. Maybe she was picking up on other subconscious cues like how I was dressed (more feminine, wearing a floral skirt) and how I was touching my belly? Like maybe I subconsciously act more protectively because she is a girl? I would really like to know. She said it was just how I was carrying.

  • Hi @Divyasharath According to Dr. Swift, OB/GYN, eating spicy food does not harm your baby but you should limit your fish intake because of the mercury levels in fish.

  • I never would have been able to do it natural. I’m not strong enough to deal with the pain and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I would have died during childbirth if I had a baby before epidurals

  • Coffee can cause a miscarriage in the first trimester ‘but it’s safe to drink for the rest of the pregnancy’, what silly advice. Seriously getting pregnant isn’t easy (only junkies seem to be very fertile) so DON’T DRINK COFFEE AT ALL.

  • Ok, I don’t know how professional these gynecologists are, but eating smoked salmon has a HIGH risk of listeria especially when store-bought and vacuum packed (not home-smoked and eaten fresh, hot). And as listeria is very harmful to the fetus I think eating such a product would be an unnecessary risk to take for pregnant women.

  • There is scientific confirmation, that the newborn are getting there first bacteria for their skins and their gut flora in the process of a natural birth in the vaginal tract. Its even so nesassary that in europe in unavoidable c-sections, they put a cloth in the vaginal tract and rub the baby with it.

    Those bacteria in combination with the breast milk, protect the newborn from harmful bacteria and colonize the gut to help them process food and much more.
    Its even proofed that c-sections child wo dont get those vaginal tract bacteria are more prone to allergic disease, asmathic and more.

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  • Thank you for the video. This was my biggest food concern. A little note though, I’m getting a lot of feedback from the video. I tried music and that’s fine and other videos and those were also fine. It’s just this video.

  • Doctor Laura Riley is so beautiful and she seems to really want to explain and teach pregnant woman this info, I can see she loves her jobb��

  • Some stuff day say is actualy not true. Induced labor with picotin is often more psinfull cuz your brain is more likly to flush you with adrinalin, instead of all the lovey dovy hormons that act as natural painkiller.

  • OMG, it gets worse as I watch! ‘Mercury is fish is blown out of proportion’? She obviously has no idea about majority of Fish being factory farmed and literally swimming in their own shit and also our Oceans are so polluted almost nothing is healthy anymore.

  • People keep telling me to eat more because I’m pregnant and I’m like no it doesn’t work that way…My husband also said my stretch marks are dark because I don’t moisturize enough but little does he know there’s no magic anti stretch mark cream aha, it’s because I’m 9 months pregnant you donut!

  • There’s actually new research that suggest the food you eat might actually impact their palate but in the last trimesters and breastfeeding.

  • OMG, our brains don’t stop developing until we’re in our 20’s. Then we have organizations that exist who say it’s ok for pregnant moms to drink. Hideous
    Anyway, do something good for yourself if you;re pregnant and get your birth recovery box early! nurseinabox.com they might have discount codes somewhere but its decent value still

  • Can i ask u something? Can i use phone or electric cooker?my husband and my mom in law are always tell me not to use.its true?they said when i using phone or microwave my child is un normal child.

  • It is in fact safe to drink while breastfeeding. The alcohol percentage will be so low in the actual milk, it’s basically non-existent. However, you should not be drunk while you take care of a baby, regardless if you are a man or woman.

  • First pregnancy is very difficult for me morning sickness and all.. but this time… Condition is little good.. not morning sickness but.. I can eat all things.. but most this time I like little spicy food, salty and my bp.is always law.. and in Mrng I face always headache… I don’t know I eat also something but some doctor say don’t take iron and calcium now after 3 month take it so I stop iron just.. so I feel headache more.. I don’t know y.. and today wen I took orefero XT iron tablet… Contraction come in backache. And stomach.. so plz doc wanna consult u.. plz reply

  • Why do they keep telling me these thoughts are myths? Isn’t that the whole point, that they are reading myths? Like we know what we signed up for

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  • Hello dr.. Doc I am 5 months pregnant ��.. My first son is 9 months old now..
    But in first pregnancy i face many problems. In first pregnancy i suffered pheochromocytoma and its diagnos after c/sec

    After 1 month of c/sec doc suggest me major surgery to remove pheochromocytoma.. And i do that.. But now in 2nd pregnancy i feel too much weekness.. Even i can’t look after my son carefully….
    What should I do that ��������������

  • Lol at that OBGYN Lying about the alcohol. I get it, you are covering your asses, but don’t treat educated women like children and lie to them.. Shameful.

  • The food having impact on a baby’s palette thing is sorta true my mom ate a lot of pizza while pregnant with me and guess what? I hate pizza

  • I am 17 weeks pregnant and i love eating spicy foods,my husband told me don’t eat to much spicy coz it’s not good for our baby,but thank you for this video �� my husband need to watch this too..

  • Sir pls help me,muje upt positive h but USG m baby k koi symptoms nhi,dr false pregnancy detect hui h,LMP 25 March h,or upt positive meri age 30 yr h,plz sir suggest me,sare symptoms h pregnancy k breast pain enlargement,abdominal enlarge,legs pain,plz sir suggest me

  • Lmao walk outside? What if your pregnant during a summer in Las Vegas? That’s a no go for me at this point.I only go out for important things but it gets way too hot for me and it’s agonizing ��

  • I love how a good portion of the comments here are from men, who felt the need to let us all know; they’re not pregnant lmaoo you guys are awesome XD

  • Sir aap ka vidio bahut hi accha lagta hai aap bahut acche ho mera 8 manth ab suru ho ne ja raha hai abhi lockdun ho gaya hai to mujhe kya karna chahiye sir pless reply