Spicy foods while pregnant: are they safe? | Nourish with Melanie #75

Spicy foods while pregnant: are they safe? | Nourish with Melanie #75

So, you love a good curry….. and you’ve
always eaten spicy foods for their antioxidant and metabolism benefits….. But then, someone told you that you should
not eat spicy foods while pregnant, and you want to find out whether or not they are safe
or dangerous…. Can they really cause miscarriage? Heartburn? Worsen morning sickness? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to answer these question for you, and more, in just a minute! Stay tuned! Firstly, you’re right, spicy foods are indeed
good for us. They are rich in antioxidants and can give
our metabolism a short-term boost. But, can we eat spicy foods while pregnant? One of the main reasons that women avoid spicy
foods during pregnancy is that there is a rumour that they can cause miscarriages. Although you may read this in blogs, there
is no evidence to suggest that eating spicy foods during pregnancy can cause miscarriages. The reason that this rumour probably started,
is that there is there are a few small studies which have found a link between spicy foods
and preterm labour. Preterm labour is when you go into labour
before 37 weeks, and obviously having your baby before he or she is fully developed is
undesirable. But, personally, unless you have a high risk
of preterm labour, I don’t believe that you need to avoid spicy foods for this reason. There’s a lot of other risk factors that are
much more likely to cause preterm labour than eating spicy foods. For example, smoking during pregnancy increases
the risk of preterm labour by approximately 30%. Having high levels of psychological stress
is another cause. And, remember there are millions of women
around the world, in countries like Thailand and India, who consume spicy foods daily throughout
their pregnancies with little issue. Saying this, one reason why you might choose
to avoid spicy foods while pregnant, is if you are experiencing heartburn or reflux. Heartburn is common during pregnancy, particularly
in the second and third trimesters as your baby starts to take up more and more room. It is caused by an increase in progesterone
hormones which loosens the flap in your windpipe that usually stops stomach juices from rising
back up the windpipe. Unfortunately spicy foods can aggravate heartburn, as they increase the production of stomach acid, so if you are experiencing heartburn,
it may be wise to avoid spicy foods while pregnant. What about the claim that spicy foods make morning sickness worse? Well, this is also true. Spices take longer to digest than a lot of
other dietary compounds, which means that your stomach produces more acid, and this
can increase your nausea. So in summary, given the fact that there is
no evidence of miscarriage risk, and that there are millions of pregnant women around
the world (in countries like India and Thailand) who consume spicy foods on a daily basis throughout
their pregnancies without issue, I don’t believe that we need to be concerned about eating
spicy foods while pregnant, unless you are experiencing heartburn or morning sickness. Now, let me know in the chat box what your
favourite spicy food is! And, if you’re pregnant, I hope you’ll take
the time to check out some of my other videos, and, hit subscribe so you receive my weekly
videos to help keep you on track with eating well during pregnancy! See you next week!


  1. 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.

  2. 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..

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Is spicy foods effect complexion of baby in womb

    My mother said it but i love to eat i feel incomplete with out it

  8. 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.

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