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Why not spicy foods?

post #1 of 14
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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.

post #2 of 14
I've heard that it's because spicy food can cause contractions. I think women sometimes eat spicy food to try to encourage labour at term. Personally I don't worry about it. If I had had miscarriages previously, and if I didn't eat spicy food regularly, then I might look into it further.
post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by AllisonRH View Post

 

Thanks - I feel like I'm not allowed to eat anything fun anymore lol.

 Me, too.  Even though spice isn't my vice (hahaha), I feel the same way.

post #4 of 14

I thought it was because of the heart burn. Which is no fun!

post #5 of 14

I've always heard it's healthy (and, at the end of pregnancy can encourage labor to start), and can even give babies a head start on having an adventurous palate because it flavors the amniotic fluid!  Plus, cuisines all over the world are naturally spicy, and I doubt women are drastically altering their diets when they're pregnant.

post #6 of 14
I was only told no spicy because of my morning sickness! Lets hope when this subsides I can eat my spicy food because I love it too!
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by AllisonRH View Post

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.

post #8 of 14

Yeah, I think it's just a comfort warning, not a safety one.  :)

I was really liking spicy foods for the first few weeks, but now they make me feel sick afterwards.  But if they don't bother you, more power to you.  :)
 

post #9 of 14

I love my shawarma with spicy sauce.  The only downside to eating spicy foods that I can think of, is if they come back up.  

post #10 of 14

I actually go out of my way to eat spicy and highly seasoned food while pregnant... lots of evidence it can influence the food preferences of your child later on. Good point though, about food coming back to haunt you though, be careful if you are prone to throwing up, or heartburn!
 

post #11 of 14

If it doesn't cause you GI problems, there's no actual reason to avoid spicy food while pregnant.  I love spicy curries but don't eat them while I'm still in the vomiting stage, because you don't need stomach acid plus spicy coming up (which is also why women with a lot of heartburn don't typically do very well with spicy things).

post #12 of 14

I have acid reflux and haven't even ever had problems with spicy food. For me, citrus often triggers heartburn and general discomfort. Everyone has different triggers! I'm eating wasabi peas by the bag lately . . . yum.
 

post #13 of 14

lol...uhh.. I crave curry and peppers like nuts during pregnancy...Never heard this one before! Kind of funny sometimes to hear all this new advice and you're like "Whaaaat?"

post #14 of 14

I was a waitress in a Nepali restaurant for years, and we always had overdue ladies coming in and ordering spicy curries to try and encourage labor.  The owner's wife - a mother of 4 - swore by it.  "The 3 S's" she'd always say, "Sex, Stairs, and Spicy food!"  There's actually very little evidence that this consistently works, but in a normal pregnancy spiciness doesn't have any negative effects either (unless you're prone to heartburn or diarrhea.  It's also HORRIBLE to throw up.)  On the other hand, it does help the little one develop a taste for hot foods and spices later on - I love eating and cooking spicy food, gotta toughen that baby up! smile.gif

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