Are Chia Seeds Safe To Eat During Pregnancy?


Chia seeds are currently enjoying a huge surge in popularity as a ‘superfood’. These seeds are a great source of both Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber. They come from a flowering plant that is a part of the mint family, and they are a tasty addition to both sweet and savory foods.

What Are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds come from a plant that is native to Guatemala and Mexico. They were a popular food crop in ancient times, and were even eaten in great quantity by the Aztecs.


They remained a staple of diets in Mexico and the surrounding regions throughout history, but did not make it to North America or Europe until relatively recently.

The seeds became a popular health food around 30 years ago when Wayne Coates began studying them as a potential alternative crop for farmers in Argentina. Coates discovered that the seeds had a lot of potential health benefits, and when he shared his findings the seeds quickly became a part of popular diets and healthy eating regimens.

The Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

The health benefits associated with chia seeds are many and varied. These powerful seeds offer a good energy boost, help to stabilize your blood sugar, improve your digestion, and even lower cholesterol. In addition, unlike many other ‘healthy’ foods that are best avoided during pregnancy, most pregnant women can take chia seeds without problems.

Chia seeds are very versatile, and they contain many essential nutrients that are important for a healthy pregnancy.

Chia Seeds

A two-tablespoon serving of chia seeds contains 138 calories, 8.5 grams of fat (of which most of the fat is omega-3 fatty acids, a healthy form of fat), 4.5 grams of protein, 9 grams of fiber and 11 grams of carbohydrate, as well as calcium, phytonutrients, vitamin A and iron.

You can add those seeds to almost any meal, from your breakfast cereal to a snack-time yogurt or the salad you have with your lunch.

They also taste good in smoothies, and can be added to freshly baked bread for an extra kick and texture.

Can You Overdose On Chia Seeds?

It is important to note that any food or drink can be harmful when it is consumed in excess. Chia seeds should be eaten in moderation. To take in almost all of the additional calories and nutrients that are required during early pregnancy, all you need to eat is two tablespoons of chia seeds.

In fact, two tablespoons, or 15 grams, of chia seeds per day is a good maximum limit for healthy adults, whether they are pregnant or not. It is possible to overdose on chia seeds, and the side effects of eating them can be quite unpleasant.

Some people experience gastrointestinal disruptions, bloating and nausea because of the very high fiber content of chia seeds. These symptoms go away as your body adapts to the increased fiber intake, but it is a good idea to start with just a small amount of chia seeds per day if you think that you may be susceptible to such symptoms.

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In addition, excessive consumption of chia seeds can cause Vitamin B overdoses. In rare cases, you may experience watery eyes, skin eruptions or diarrhea.

If you experience these symptoms after taking chia seeds, stop eating them immediately and consult your doctor for advice.

It is not a good idea to take chia seeds in conjunction with vitamin pills that contain Vitamin B17 or other phytonutrients.Consult your doctor or pharmacist before making any major changes to your diet.

Foods To Eat And Avoid During Pregnancy

Every medical professional has their own opinions about what is safe and is not safe during pregnancy.

While most doctors agree that chia seeds are safe to consume in moderation, there are some instances where they may not be advisable, especially if you are taking medications or supplements. Before you make any drastic changes to your diet or your lifestyle, consult your doctor.

In general, pregnant women, and women who are breast feeding, should avoid raw or undercooked meats and fish, because of the risk of exposure to bacteria that may harm your unborn child. In addition, you should avoid shark, swordfish, tuna and king mackerel.

These fish are low in fat and a good source of protein, but they also contain high levels of methylmercury, an industrial byproduct that has made its way into the food chain.

Methylmercury builds up in your bloodstream after you eat fish that contain it, and can remain in your body for up to a year. This means that you should avoid eating tuna, swordfish and similar meats if you are trying to conceive.

Cider_and_apple_juiceAnother food on the ‘to avoid’ list is unpasteurized milk and soft cheese. Most milk, and hard cheese, is pasteurized, but there are still some farms and boutiques that sell unpasteurized products.

There is some risk that these products will contain harmful bacteria. The same is true for fresh apple cider and unpasteurized fruit juices.

Pregnant women should take care to wash fruits and vegetables before eating them, to remove bacteria and pesticide residue.

This is good practice for everyone, but it is especially important for pregnant women because of the potential risk to the child.

It is not worth taking the risk of a deadly infection such as listeria crossing to the placenta and harming your baby.


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