Originally Posted by AllisonRH
This may be a dumb question, but why do I hear that pregnant women shouldn't eat spicy foods? Is this just a myth? Please???
I had a craving for chicken schwarma today for lunch and when the man asked me if I wanted hot sauce on it I couldn't say no. It was amazing. It wasn't crazy spicy, but had just the right amount of kick I wanted.
So why are we not supposed to eat spicy food? Is it because of heartburn/indigestion? I haven't had any of that (knock on wood!) so I'm not super concerned about that. Is there any other risk to the baby?
Thanks - I feel like I'm not allowed to eat anything fun anymore lol.
In China there is a wives tale that says if you crave sour foods it will be a boy and spicy food means a girl.
When I explained that usually women in the US don't go near spicy food in pregnancy to my friends from China, they looked at me like I was crazy. This something they had never heard in their Country.
Therefore I assume that the avoidance of spicy food during pregnancy is purely a cultural thing in the United States.
I did crave spicy food during the pregnancy with my daughter, as did a friend from China who was pregnant, also with a girl, at the same time. I loved peppers and regularly indulged.