The pregnant woman can eat pepper and there is no scientific evidence that pepper can cause malformation of the fetus or abortion , but it is important that the woman be aware of some problems and discomfort that may arise due to the consumption of this stimulating food.
What makes pepper a not very recommendable food in the pregnant woman’s diet is the ability that this condiment has to change the stomach pH and in pregnancy itself, the woman already suffers from problems such as: slower intestines, heartburn , reflux and feeling of swelling in the body due to fluid retention.
Thus, the consumption of spicy food could bring more damage to the pregnant woman’s digestion and intensify, mainly, the malaise of heartburn. It is worth remembering that fresh pepper is rich in nutrients, including vitamin C, but that does not mean that it can be consumed without restrictions.
Pepper Warnings and Problems
Hemorrhoids – In cases where the woman has a history of hemorrhoids or has already had hemorrhoids at some stage of pregnancy, the ideal is not to include pepper in the diet in any way. Especially at the end of pregnancy, the appearance of hemorrhoids is common and the condition can become even worse if the woman eats a lot of pepper.
Heartburn history – If a woman has suffered from heartburn even before pregnancy, she has probably already been informed about the fact that the consumption of pepper aggravates the stomach irritation causing a feeling of malaise.
Ready or canned peppers – The ideal if the woman likes the taste of the pepper is to respect the daily amount of 5 grams a day, which is equivalent to a small piece of the pepper itself. Ready-made pepper sauces, filled with preservatives or preparations containing peppers, oil, salt and vinegar, should be kept out of the pregnant woman’s diet. The seeds are responsible for the burning of the pepper, the ideal is to remove the seeds in case of consumption of fresh pepper.
Black pepper – The pregnant woman can eat black pepper, if she has no problems or discomfort due to the ingestion of the condiment, but still, it is recommended to consume sparingly to prevent malaise.
Combination of sodium and pepper – One of the major discomforts in pregnancy is fluid retention and a feeling of bloating . The consumption of sodium is the great villain to health since it increases thirst and promotes the evil of fluid retention. But the harmful effects of sodium can be enhanced if it is combined with pepper and especially on hotter days, the woman may have a feeling of discomfort due to the even more pronounced swelling.
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Pregnancy Diet Care
Balanced diet – For many years, the myth that the pregnant woman could eat whatever she wanted or eat for two was nourished, but nowadays the need for the pregnant woman to cultivate healthy eating habits is now known worldwide.
Lifestyle change – A harmful lifestyle that includes smoking and excessive alcohol can only harm the health of the pregnant woman and the child, in fact, represents a great risk that the pregnant woman will not be able to carry the pregnancy through to the end because of gestational death.
Excess of processed foods – Ideally, pregnant women should avoid the consumption of processed foods as much as sausages, box juices, soft drinks, canned food, among others. It is recommended to eat as much natural food (fruits, vegetables, oilseeds, whole grains, whole grains and breads, etc.).
Prefer water – The industrialized juice has an excess of preservatives and sugar, the soda is also rich in harmful substances and can impair the absorption of calcium. Many nutritionists warn that the ideal is the consumption of fresh fruit and that when making the juice, the fibers are usually strained and vitamins and minerals are lost quickly, leaving mainly fructose (fruit sugar). In case of pregnant women who have diabetes, the alert is that the strained juice that was not prepared on time, in fact, will only bring damage to health, because when ingested, it will quickly turn into blood sugar, which may lead to glycemic spikes .
Everything in excess harms – The indicated would be that every pregnant woman had a nutritional monitoring and a specific diet, even so, at one time or another you can break the diet and consume other foods, but the important thing is that it does not become a routine.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.