Is It Safe To Eat Yogurt During Pregnancy?

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Yogurt is one of the most delicious probiotics that you can safely add to your pregnancy diet. Consuming fresh and pasteurized yogurt during pregnancy can make for a healthy and filling snack. This dairy product can provide you with your daily recommended values of nutrients, ensuring your good health and the baby’s healthy growth.

Regular consumption of yogurt could help address several digestive problems. It may also help in averting some pregnancy-related issues such as preeclampsia. Most benefits of yogurt can be attributed to its rich probiotic (healthy bacteria) content. Despite its benefits, it is still good to observe some precautions during its consumption in pregnancy.

Read this post to know the benefits of yogurt for pregnant women and precautions to observe when consuming it during pregnancy.

A Closer Look At Yogurt

Since it is always good to be well informed, know what yogurt is:

  • It is a fermented product containing Lactobacillus acidophilus – a kind of non-harmful bacteria.
  • This bacterium helps in digestion of milk. It particularly digests lactose that adds energy to your body.
  • Since feelings of weakness and lethargy are common at this time, you will love the energy boost you get.
  • This bacterium in yoghurt mixes with lactic acid and reacts with the milk to give a creamy texture and a sour taste.

Health Benefits Of Yogurt During Pregnancy

There are numerous health benefits of eating yogurt during pregnancy that makes it perfect addition for your diet. Here are the nutrients you find in this creamy textured diary product:

  • Yogurt being a diary product has all the nutrients that you find in milk.
  • It is rich in calcium that aids development of bones and teeth in the little life developing inside you.
  • Yogurt is rich in protein that helps in development of new cells.
  • This vitamin rich diary product takes care of most of your vitamin needs in pregnancy.
  • Regular consumption of yogurt is known to reduce chances of preeclampsia that is characterized by increased blood pressure and high level of protein discharge in urine.

Additionally you may experience swelling of hands, feet. Some of the common symptoms of pre-eclampsia are:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blood discharge in urine
  • Headache
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Loss of weight
  • Dizziness

Study conducted on 33,000 Norwegian women found that risks of preeclampsia reduce with intake of yogurt on a daily basis.

Probiotic Yogurt During Prenangcy

Yogurt contains probiotic, which causes no harm to you. Let us take a closer look at the probiotics:

  • The probiotics cannot cause infection.
  • The bacteria aid digestion, which is why these are often termed as probiotics.
  • Your ability to digest reduces in pregnancy, says Murkoff and Mazel, which actually increases your risk of constipation. Constipation for long leads to hemorrhoids. Yogurts help you to digest easily and keep the bowel movements regular.

Important Considerations

  • Yoghurt is definitely a healthy addition in your diet. However, there are some considerations that you must be careful of:
  • Yoghurt is a non-fat dairy product that supplies you your regular dose of minerals and vitamins.
  • If you do not want to put up unnecessary weight in pregnancy, avoid yoghurt with too much of added sugar or syrup.

In case you are bored with the taste of plain yoghurt, you can add some fruit or honey and enjoy the new flavor.

Since pregnancy is all about eating right and staying healthy, yogurt can be a good addition to your regular diet. When prepared with fresh, pasteurized milk, this probiotic food becomes a delicious snack option. Consuming it on a regular basis will help you enjoy better digestion, more energy, and a reduced risk of preeclampsia. However, you should remember that consuming yogurt with excess sugar may cause an unnecessary increase in weight. If you have any doubts about yogurt consumption in pregnancy, feel free to consult your doctor.

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Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.