Spicy Foods During Pregnancy

27 Jan
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Dr. Pooja Dholakia

During pregnancy, we should eat food that provides nutrition to the body. We should plan our diet in such a way that every need of the body can be fulfilled. Spicy food can be enjoyed during pregnancy, but in moderation. Let’s learn about the benefits and harms of spicy food.

Which are spicy foods?

Foods that contain spices are spicy foods. Common spices found in Indian households are listed below :

Turmeric, Chilli powder, Black pepper, Garam masala, Asafoetida, Ajwain, Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger.

Some spicy vegetables are Green chillis, Red chillis, Red pepper, Capsicum, etc

Effect of Spices in Pregnancy

Physical Effects:

Spicy foods can lead to temporary changes in body temperature and an increased heart rate, but these effects are generally harmless for most pregnant women. However, individual reactions may vary.

Digestive Impact:

Eating spicy food during pregnancy can cause problems. The digestive capacity of women reduces during pregnancy. This increases the possibility of heart burn and gas. Spicy food triggers these things.

Spices, especially those containing capsaicin found in chilli peppers and capsicum, can stimulate digestion. While this can be beneficial for some, others might experience heartburn or acid reflux, common discomforts during pregnancy.

Heartburn Management

Pregnant women often experience heartburn, and spicy foods can increase this. Use milder spices, and consider smaller, more frequent meals to manage digestive discomfort. Choose fresh, natural sources of spice like ginger, turmeric, and mild chili peppers as per your Nadi Prakriti. These add flavor without burning sensation.

Side Effects of Spicy Food in 1st Trimester

Spicy food does not cause miscarriage but it can cause diarrhea which can lead to fluid deficiency in the body. Due to morning sickness, lack of fluid can trouble you even more. Women who have the problem of morning sickness should especially stay away from spicy food.

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Benefits of Spicy Food

Rich in Nutrients:

Many spicy ingredients, such as chili peppers, are packed with essential nutrients like vitamins A and C. Including these in moderate level in your diet can contribute to a well-rounded nutritional intake.

Mood Enhancement:

Spicy foods can stimulate the release of endorphins, promoting a positive mood. This can be particularly beneficial during pregnancy when hormonal changes may influence emotions.

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Can a Growing Baby Taste Spicy Food?

Biologically speaking, the baby growing inside the womb is surrounded by amniotic fluid which provides protection to it. The baby does not have the ability to smell or taste like us. It can only taste molecules from the mother’s blood vessels.

These molecules are the same which a pregnant woman eats in her diet. It would be correct to say that the baby’s sense of taste must have increased.


Stay Away from Spicy Food

If you did not eat much spicy food before becoming pregnant, then you should not consume it during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, many changes occur in your body as the baby grows. These changes range from physical to emotional and hormonal. There is no need to increase your problems by eating spicy food.

In conclusion, enjoying spicy food during pregnancy is generally safe when done in moderation, considering individual tolerances. As always, it's advisable for pregnant women to consult with their healthcare provider for advice based on their health.

Disclaimer: This blog is correct as per the writer’s knowledge. This is not a medical guidance. Follow as you are responsible for.

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