Pregnancy is a delicate time when you have to be extra careful about what you eat. What you eat is what your baby (and you) becomes, and where junk foods are concerned, they are a strict no-no.
Junk foods are highly unsafe for babies. Here’s what you need to know about eating junk food during pregnancy.
Harmful Effects of Eating Fast/Junk Food While Pregnant
1. Chemical acrylamide
Acrylamide is a chemical which has been found in the junk food that contains a high level of starch content like French fries, bread, potato chips etc. When food items containing starch are baked and cooked at very high temperatures then this chemical gets formed. Recently there have been a few studies which found that in developing babies a higher level of acrylamide can be responsible for low birth weight and smaller head circumference.
Junk food leads to obesity when overindulged in. Obesity leads to preeclampsia, preterm labor, miscarriage, high birth weight, and birth defects.
3. Zero nutritional value
Junk food has hardly any nutritional value which will benefit the mother or the unborn child. However, these foods are full of salt, sugar, fats, and cholesterol which generally come under the category of “foods to be avoided during pregnancy”. Your baby needs certain nutrients for his proper growth and development which junk food can never provide.
4. Long-term health hazard in baby
Your baby’s total health, development, and growth depend upon what you eat or what were your habits during pregnancy. In fact, it plays a very important role in the long-term health of your child. Your baby will be – what you ate during pregnancy. There are various studies which support the fact that women who ate more junk food during pregnancy are more likely to have children who will have more chances to develop obesity, heart disease and diabetes in their near future.
5. Pre-mature baby
Women who eat more junk food during pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to premature babies and these prematurely born babies have a higher risk of many serious complications such as low blood sugar, cerebral palsy, breathing-related problems and many times they may require monitoring in intensive care.
6. Your baby can lack proteins
A junk food diet is full of fat, sugar, and unnecessary calories, but it does not provide essential nutrients like proteins and vitamins which are needed for fetal development during pregnancy. Lack of protein during pregnancy can show a large negative impact on the development of kidneys in your baby and can cause high blood pressure and renal diseases in them once they reach their adulthood.
7. Greater risk of gestational diabetes
Junk foods lead to an increased risk of gestational diabetes since they are high in sugar and calorific content. Gestational diabetes can create serious problems during pregnancy and delivery. Your baby may be born with excess birth weight or be at risk of preterm birth.
8. Increased Risk of Heart Disease
Junk food goes hand-in-hand with heart disease. If you continue to advocate the habit of junk food, your kids will experience these risks early on in their lives and so will you.
Tips to Stop Junk Food Cravings
Are you craving junk food in early pregnancy and want tips to eliminate cravings? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
- Cook at home. This will save up on grocery bills plus save your health as well! It’s good for your kids too since you’ll be setting model examples. Make baked foods over fried substances for optimal nutrition and well-being.
- Plan your daily meals for the week. By knowing what you’ll be eating later on, you’ll be eliminating thoughts and cravings plus be healthy!
- Eat small meals spread throughout the day. This will eliminate hunger, regulate metabolism, and reduce unhealthy food cravings.