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Curry Powder Use During Pregnancy

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author image Roxanne Maas
Based in Los Angeles, Roxanne Maas holds a master's degree in genetic counseling with more than 12 years of experience communicating complex genetics and pregnancy information. She has published several abstracts in scientific journals, presented posters at national genetics meetings, and published health-related articles on LIVESTRONG.com.
Curry Powder Use During Pregnancy
Curry powder can help spice up your health and baby's tastes. Photo Credit schwangerschaft image by Patrizier-Design from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

If you are seeking a tasty, flavorful dish to satisfy your pregnant palate, try preparing something with curry powder. In addition to its health benefits, curry powder can help your baby learn to like new flavors. Eat curry in moderation, though, to avoid exacerbating digestive issues such as heartburn. To be on the safe side, you should also check with your physician to see if there is any reason you should avoid curry powder during your pregnancy.

Identification

Curry powder is a spice blend used in various Asian cuisines. The spices included in the blend vary by regional preferences and tradition, but typically include turmeric, coriander, cumin and cardamom. The use of some of the components of curry powder date back to at least 3000 B.C. You can make your own curry powder to your desired degree of spiciness using various recipes.

Health Benefits

Not only is curry powder tasty, it also provides you with many health benefits. The principle spice in curry powder, turmeric, contains a substance called curcumin, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. This anti-inflammatory effect can ease joint pain and may help symptoms of inflammatory bowel conditions. Curcumin may also help prevent cancer, improve liver functioning, assist in memory preservation, help treat some sexually transmitted diseases and provide an anti-aging effect. As with any herb or supplement, you should clear the use of curry powder for medicinal purposes with your physician and not substitute it for prescribed medications.

Developing Baby's Palate

Do you want your baby to grow up liking your curry dishes? You can foster baby's taste for curry powder and other spices by eating those things during your pregnancy. Chemicals responsible for the different tastes and smells of foods you eat while pregnant reach your baby through the amniotic fluid. When the baby swallows this fluid, it senses the different flavors. Your baby can actually learn to enjoy these flavors from this prenatal exposure, as evidenced by the fact that they choose familiar flavors when they are re-introduced to them after birth in solid foods.

Precaution

When you are pregnant, you are already prone to undesirable symptoms such as heartburn. Eating spicy foods such as those prepared with curry powder can make heartburn worse, particularly in the third trimester when your expanding uterus puts more pressure on your intestines and stomach. If you still want to get your fix of curry, try eating it in small quantities, eat it with some yogurt or milk, and do not lie down right after eating to help prevent heartburn.

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