Why It Is Important to Cut Down on Sugary Food During Pregnancy

Editorial Team

What a woman eats during and after pregnancy is essential to the baby's health. It is essential for pregnant women to eat a balanced diet that supplies their developing foetus with the right nutrition.

Eating too many carbohydrates and sugary foods can cause health problems and lead to excessive weight gain in both mother and baby.

According to LiveStrong, your weight may stabilize or even decrease slightly in the ninth month. Eating too many refined carbohydrates and sugary foods can negatively impact your baby's health and your own.

Sweets are one of the most craved foods during pregnancy, according to Pregnancy Today. Although eating sweet foods in moderation is fine, consuming too much can lead to unnecessary weight gain and interfere with your ability to eat a balanced diet.

Sweet foods like cookies, cakes, pastries, puddings and other dessert items are often high in calories and fat, which can lead to weight gain. Soft drinks and sweetened cereals, are also high in calories.

Although weight gain is necessary for a healthy pregnancy, gaining too much can cause backaches and dental problems. Too much weight gain can also lead to complications like gestational diabetes and problems with blood pressure.

Although artificial sweeteners reduces some of the risk of unnecessary weight gain, not all artificial sweeteners are safe.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, the artificial sweetener saccharin can cross the placenta and is not safe during pregnancy.

Others, like aspartame, are safe in moderation. Talk to your doctor so he/she can educate you on which artificially sweetened foods is bad for you during pregnancy.

It is always important to eat a variety of foods so that you and your baby can get important nutrients. According to American Pregnancy Association, fruits and vegetables contain many important nutrients for pregnancy especially, Vitamin C and Folic Acid.

The body’s main source of energy for comes from the essential carbohydrates found in breads and grains. The required amount of folic acid from fortified bread and cereal.

Your developing baby needs plenty of protein, especially in the second and third trimesters. Iron helps to carry oxygen to your growing baby, it also carries oxygen to your muscles to help avoid symptoms such as fatigue, irritability and depression.

Calcium is essential for building strong teeth and bones, normal blood clotting, and muscle and nerve function. Good sources of calcium include milk, cheese, yogurt, e.t.c. Some calcium is also found in green vegetables, seafood, beans and dried peas.

As a pregnant woman if you choose sweets over healthy foods, you and your unborn baby may not get necessary nutrients. This can lead to poor growth and development for your unborn baby. So let’s cut down on the sugary food during pregnancy and instead have a balanced diet.

For more information discuss with your doctor or nutritionist on what diet to have during pregnancy.