This Is What Happens To You If You Eat Spicy Food During Your Pregnancy

As you’re no doubt aware, there are certain foods that you’re not allowed to eat while you’re pregnant, for obvious reasons. But, here’s a question some of you might have regarding pregnancy; does spicy food do you any disfavors?

Well, thanks to Momjunction, we are now able to find out.

Read on to find out if there are any repercussions of consuming spicy things while you are pregnant!

According to experts, eating spicy food is fine, as only a small amount of what you eat goes into the amniotic fluid, it’s fine if you indulge in spicy food every now and again. Babies born in countries where spicy food dominates are just as healthy as any other baby, however, this could lead to adverse effects on your child in some cases.

1. Digestive issues

This is a common problem, also referred to as heartburn. The increased pressure on the stomach from the growing uterus can ultimately lead to acid reflux, and you can also disrupt the delicate balance of your stomach which leads to diarrhea and indigestion.

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2. Aggravated morning sickness

It’s best not to include any new spices in your diet, as during pregnancy, you develop a much higher sensitivity towards certain smells.

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3. And finally, affecting the symptoms of GERD

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Spicy food, depending on your situation, can either cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD), or elevate the symptoms (if you’ve had it before)

Eating spicy food can’t result in GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), but if you have been suffering from GERD before, spicy food might aggravate the symptoms, so if you experience heartburn or indigestion, it’s best to leave spices out.

Source: Momjunction