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What Are 'Heat Inducing Foods'? Do They Cause Miscarriage?

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For most of the women the whole tenure of pregnancy can be a constant struggle between what they want to eat and what they should eat. During those nine months the whole perspective of diet changes, changing for you, whatsoever you eat have to be weighed on the scale of “will it be safe for my baby?”. While you are pregnant, it becomes very important for you to watch what you are eating and most of the time there is a long list of food items also known as “heat inducing foods” that should be avoided while you are pregnant.
Normally, it is believed that eating certain types of ‘heat inducing foods’ during your pregnancy can harm your baby and can even lead to miscarriage in some women. However, before following or ignoring that list of food items it is very important to understand what exactly these heat inducing food are and why their consumption during pregnancy is considered dangerous. Below we have tried to clear few of your doubts regarding them.

  • What Is Meant By ‘Heat Inducing Foods’?
  • Can Eating Heat Inducing Foods In Pregnancy Cause Miscarriage?
  • So What Should I Do? Should I Eat Hot Foods In Pregnancy?

What Is Meant By ‘Heat Inducing Foods’?

From ancient times it is believed that each food items has its own set of properties like light, heavy, cool and heat. There are certain food items which have the quality of either acting as a heating or a cooling agent inside our body. For example, asparagus and coconut are believed to keep you cool whereas ginger, artichoke and papaya can induce heat inside your body. Normally heat inducing food items increase warmth in the body, they stimulate digestion and metabolism inside our body. However, having too much of ‘hot’ foods can interfere with our digestion and can generate negative effects on our body. As per Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal system the heat inducing food have dominance of Agni(fire) inside them and therefore they are helpful in digestion and metabolism of the food.
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Can Eating Heat Inducing Foods In Pregnancy Cause Miscarriage?

Even though there is no clear scientific data which can support or indicate that heat inducing food items can cause miscarriage or premature labor in women, yet this is strongly believed in India. Most of us would have heard a few cases where consuming too many heat inducing food items has caused premature labor in pregnant women.
There are many pregnant women around the globe who have shared their different experiences regarding the same, many will tell you that eating them has caused no harmful effect and others will have the different story. Actually, nobody is wrong, here what is worth observing is that eating any heat inducing food item in higher quantity and on a regular basis can be harmful. If eaten in moderate quantities, they may not show any negative effects in our body. You must have also heard that certain hot foods were consumed by women to naturally abort a pregnancy. Also, you would have been told to avoid papaya and pineapple during pregnancy, but these foods can only be harmful for you if you eat them un-ripe or rotten or the quantity is too high. You can read about both these foods here and here.

So What Should I Do? Should I Eat Hot Foods In Pregnancy?

There is certainly no harm in making a right choice about what you are eating during your pregnancy, especially as it will have direct impact on you and your baby. So it’s always advisable to eat these food items in moderate quantity, over consumption of any food item can anyhow be harmful for you during your pregnancy. The whole essence should be to get a wholesome, healthy meal every time you sit down at the eating table. You don’t have to necessarily avoid each and every nutritional heat inducing food item just remember to eat them wisely. Try avoid eating anything that is raw and heat inducing as well.
However, avoiding them strictly during those nine months is your own personal choice but if in case you have a history of miscarriage, it’s best to avoid them during the first trimester of your pregnancy. Hot foods can over stimulate your digestive system and can sometimes increase the bowel movements of your body which can further upset your already delicate system. This cycle can have an indirect harmful effect on your pregnancy.
Sadly miscarriages and premature births are quite common, almost 10% to 15% percent of known pregnancies end up in miscarriage. Unfortunately, there are plenty of unscientific theories about miscarriage, particularly related to your diet, so it’s important to make a wise decision else believing them can cause you a great deal of concern or guilt. Read about 15 common reasons of miscarriages here

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