Eating sugar during pregnancy: any risks?

I would say everything in moderation and definitely stay away from artificial sweeteners.

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
Moms Expertise
    05/07/14
    High consumption of sugar (and the elevated levels of insulin that come with it) is associated with Type II diabetes, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, arthritis, migraines, lowered immune function, gallstones, obesity, breast cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

    Sugar is also depleting, the last thing a mother needs, draining (or disrupting the absorption of) the B-vitamins, chromium, calcium, magnesium, and copper that she needs to manage her increased stresses. Rounding out the bitter aftertastes to all that sweetness, sugar forcefeeds microbes in the digestive tract - which is already vulnerable to infection due to maternal stress - leading to impaired nutrient absorption, diarrhea, gas, or fatigue.
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      05/08/14
      I always stay away from artificial sweeteners regardless of being pregnant or not.
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        05/08/14
        My sister in law had diabetes when she was pregnant, she ate a LOT of snickers and apples and dr pepper.
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          05/08/14
          I'm not to sure that was like 5 years ago lol i just know that she had them while pregnant. She doesn't want her son to have a lot of candy and sodas cause she's afraid he'll end up with diabetes. As far as I know they are both super healthy with no problems
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            05/08/14
            4Marla
            I avoided artificial sweeteners as much as I could with my last pregnancy but all I craved was sweets. It was hard but if I had them I would get sick to my stomach and bad headaches. I am breastfeeding and find that my baby has problems if I eat artificial sweeteners.
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              05/16/14
              I have a bad sugar tooth as well. My baby's way of letting me know she thinks I've had too much is the kicking and punching :/ I do a lot of substituting. I crave melons and eat as much of it as I want without punishment from the baby. I can only eat half a GIANT bar of Hershey's Chocolate before I start feeling ill. I counteract the ill feeling with having a salad or greens, and that seems to settle my tummy.
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