Most mothers have this one question on their mind – Can the little one inside their womb taste everything they eat? The answer is “Yes!” It is usually in the 21st week of gestation that this particular development happens. The growing infant begins to gulp down a few ounces of the amniotic fluid on a daily basis. And, the fluid is, in fact, flavored with the food that a mother consumes. This implies that the baby can indeed taste everything eaten by a mother (1). Though it may sound strange, it does make a lot of sense.
Now, we are sure you are wondering what is it that the little one can taste. Of course, if you have your favorite fried rice, the baby will not know what you are eating exactly. However, he/she will be able to taste the saltiness of the soy sauce and the sweetness of the vegetables, among others. This means that the baby is more or less catching up on the different flavors the world has to offer. This is what makes eating during pregnancy so fascinating. Babies are known to have a certain fondness for the sweet flavor and may react wholeheartedly when you eat something sweet. On the other hand, you might get a swift kick for eating something spicy. Here, we bring you some of these foods that may have an immediate effect on your baby:
1. Orange Juice
Do you want to see your little footballer mastering his awesome kick? Try and have some orange juice. Not only does it have natural sugar, it has vitamin C present too. The orange juice will keep your baby healthy. And, with this healthy treat, you might get a bonus kick as well.
2. Bring On The Spice
There is no need to be scared of the spicy food when you are pregnant. Of course, don’t go overboard! You need to keep your digestive system as well as your taste buds safe, isn’t it? But, giving the spicy food a try once in a while to see how your little one reacts is not that bad an idea.
3. Dry Fruits For Some Kicks
Dry fruits are known for being high on sweetness level, thus, make an amazing energy-packed snack. Especially when you don’t feel so high on energy. Luckily, the boost is not just restricted to you. Your baby may feel charged up too. The extra energy might make him/her feel more active. So, you may want to prepare yourself for an extra kick.
4. What About Mexican?
Let us welcome you back to the beautiful land of spice! In this one, your baby will definitely get the hang of the spicy food the world has to offer. Without the fear of the strong smell, your baby may get to enjoy the toned-down version of whatever you are ingesting. In fact, there is a rumor that the spicy food may cause hiccups in your little one. Doesn’t this thought sound just adorable?
5. Carrots All The Way!
It is said that babies develop a preference for certain flavors in their mommy’s womb itself. And, given how healthy carrots are, it is worth a shot to add carrots to any food preparation. Your baby might just develop a liking for this super-healthy food!
6. Dark Chocolates
Again, the high sugar content may energize your baby. And, you might get those bonus kicks that you eagerly look forward to. Also, your baby may pick up on the slight bitterness. Thus, adding one more flavor to his/her palette. All this while eating that yummy dark chocolate!
7. The “Once In A While” Ice Cream
We know that it is not the best thing to look at an expecting mother and ask her to eat an entire bucket of ice cream. But, an occasional treat for both you and your little one won’t do any harm. And, your baby will love it too. How can you forget their particular fondness for all that is sweet!
If you are gaining those extra pounds, you might as well do it in style. And, the best part is that all you have to do is eat to tune into what your baby is up to. Cheers!