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LANKANVIRGO
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11/24/08 10:49 A

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oh thanks... i was worried there for a minute.


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11/24/08 10:40 A

 
 
Thank you for clarifying Becky

DIETITIANBECKY
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11/21/08 7:30 P

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I am sorry if my post alarmed anyone.
The sugar-free gum is TOTALLY safe to chew while pregnant. So go ahead and CHEW!
The side effect that some people experience to sugar alcohols is just because the sugar alcohol is not digested or absorbed by the body. Nothing dangerous, just a discomfort that some people feel when a higher amount is consumed.

For more, cut and paste this link to go to a BF article:
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11/21/08 11:39 A

 
 
I had some gum on occasion as well; it helped early on with morning sickness. I didn't go overboard though and didn't have any of the side effects mentioned.

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11/20/08 8:41 P

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Thanks for your replies, I've been avoiding gum for about 2 1/2 months now, so i guess i'll just keep it up....


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artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols have been researched and shown to be safe for consumption during pregnancy in moderate amounts.

FYI...Remember a side effect of the sugar alcohol in sugar free gum is gas and diarrhea (in some people). Also chewing gums brings on an increase in air consumption, which increases gas...for some pregnant women, this is already a concern.

Becky, Your BF dietitian

HOPEFUL817
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11/19/08 11:14 P

 
 
Most people will tell you that the sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners used in sugar-free gums are safe in moderation.

Having said that, I think whether or not you choose to chew gum is a personal choice. I chose to err on the side of caution during my pregnancy and avoided all artificial sweeteners. I felt like it was better to avoid it if I didn't know for sure that it was completely safe.

FRANNYBABY
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11/19/08 3:16 P

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Can pregnant women chew sugar free gum like Orbit and stuff? I have been avoiding it but would love to know for sure...


-Mommy to Brandon Thomas, born via emergency C-section.
-Switched to a midwife and hoping for a VBAC with the second...
-"What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog." -Dwight Eisenhower
**Proud vaccinating, (future) public schooling, crib sleeping, Pampers/Huggies/Luvs diapering, formula feeding (hopeful future breastfeeding), future again babywearing, "Gerber" feeding, SAHM!


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