Is it safe to eat honey during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor;I am six months pregnant. I love natural honey and always eat a lot, especially during the cold weather. But my friends say it will affect my baby. Is this true? Beshara, 24.

Dear Doctor;

I am six months pregnant. I love natural honey and always eat a lot, especially during the cold weather. But my friends say it will affect my baby. Is this true? Beshara, 24.

Dear Beshara,

There’s nothing in medical research that says you can’t eat honey during pregnancy. The spores in honey are not going to affect the fetus, so I would say honey is safe to eat.

It is safe to eat honey during pregnancy. Honey poses a risk to infants under one year old because it may contain spores of bacteria that cause botulism. Botulism bacteria thrive in areas with low acidity. In infants, these spores can survive and cause disease because the acidity of a baby’s digestive tract is not high enough to destroy the spores. So a pregnant woman who eats honey is not putting her baby at any risk.

-Additional Q&A from babycentre.com

 

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