Pregnancy is such a wonderful, and complicated, time in a woman’s life. It can be a bit overwhelming for anyone, and that is because it becomes this huge weight of pressure, because now she is responsible for not just her health but for this growing baby. She needs to watch what she eats, what she drinks, and what environments she puts herself in. This can be hard in a time when everything feels out of control, especially when it comes to food cravings.
Food cravings are quite normal in pregnancy, and almost all women will experience them. While there are foods that mom knows that she needs to stay away from when she is pregnant, what if she gets a craving for one that she is not sure about? What if mom gets a craving for sour candy? Is this OK to eat, or will the tanginess bother the baby in any way?
While it is always best to speak directly to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about what you can, or cannot, eat during pregnancy we are going to take a look at sour candy during pregnancy.
Here Is The Good News
While it is always good to watch the sugar intake during pregnancy, there is some good news. According to Romper, sour candy is completely safe during pregnancy. Not only is it safe to eat during pregnancy, but it can also actually be helpful.
Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman is an OBGYN, and she stated that some women eat sour candy to help them with their morning sickness. The reason this works is that sour candy, or sour foods in general, can increase the amount of saliva in the mouth which is known to reduce morning sickness.
The reason sour candy has gotten a bit of a “bad rep” during pregnancy is that there is a myth that it can cause premature labor. This is, in fact, a myth, and sour candy has no part in starting labor at any stage of pregnancy.
Why Do Women Crave It?
There are a lot of women out there who crave sour candy during pregnancy, and they may wonder why? Maybe they have never been a big fan of sour candy before, but now they cannot get enough of it.
According to Natural Baby Life, one of the main reasons why women crave sour candy is because it can help to retain body fluid. It is a subconscious act by the brain and body to give it what it needs during this time. Sour foods and candy also contain the salt that the body needs during pregnancy, and sodium levels are important during pregnancy.
What Candy To Not Eat
Now that we know that sour candy is OK to eat when pregnant, it may have some thinking about if there are any other candies that mom-to-be should be wary of.
According to The Bump, the only candy that mom should avoid during pregnancy is licorice. Studies have shown that licorice contains an ingredient that is linked with lower IQ in children years after they are born. It has also been linked with ADHD symptoms and earlier puberty in girls.
The good news remains that candy, even sour candy, is overall safe for consumption by pregnant women, but it is always wise to still watch how much is taken in.
Sources: Romper, Natural Baby Life, The Bump