What’s wrong with eating a lot of sweets during pregnancy?

What’s wrong with eating a lot of sweets during pregnancy?  Well…

A) Too much sugar can cause cavities, which you’re more prone to get during pregnancy.

B) Too much sugar can cause excess weight gain — for both you and your baby and may cause gestational diabetes.

C) Too much sugar can make you less likely to eat healthy foods.

D) Or All of the above.

The Answer is: D) all of the above.

Sugar is a common craving during pregnancy but indulging too much especially in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages and those artificially sweetened as well, can lead to weight gain and put you at risk for an early delivery or high blood pressure. This can also mean you are missing out on nutritious foods needed for a healthy pregnancy. High amounts of sugar can be very bad for your teeth, especially during pregnancy when progesterone levels are high making you more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay. By consuming too much sugar you may give birth to a heavier baby and they are more likely to have high insulin levels and low blood-sugar levels which can later lead to diabetes, obesity and research has shown may lead to poorer verbal and non verbal skills. So it’s wise to keep the sweet stuff to a minimum during pregnancy.

It’s not all bad news though as consuming natural sugar in the form of fruit can bolster kids cognitive abilities.


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