Is it safe to chew gum during pregnancy?

Are you pregnant and wondering if it’s safe to keep chewing gum? You’re not alone. Moms-to-be everywhere are asking if they can still indulge in their favorite brand of minty-freshness, be it for medicinal purposes, warding off bad breath, or just for plain ol’ enjoyment. Fear not, curious moms – we’ve got the skinny on what’s safe (and what isn’t) when it comes to chewing gum during pregnancy.

What’s in Your Chewing Gum?

First thing first, let’s take a look at some of the ingredients commonly found in chewing gum:

  • Sorbitol
  • Xylitol
  • Aspartame
  • Acesulfame K
  • Sucralose

Did you say sorbitol? Sounds like a weird name for something yummy…

Indeed! Sorbitol is actually a sugar alcohol that is often used as an artificial sweetener in chewing gums. It has been deemed safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but consuming large amounts of sorbitol may cause digestive issues such as bloating and diarrhea. However, most brands use only small quantities of sorbitol which shouldn’t result in adverse effects.

Xylitol sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie…

True story! Xylitol is another type of sugar alcohol often found in chewing gums marketed as “sugar-free”. Because xylitol doesn’t get metabolized by oral bacteria like regular sugars do, it can help prevent tooth decay and cavities. In fact, studies have shown that using xylitol-containing products regularly helps reduce the incidence of tooth decay among kids.

Benefits (Yes!) and Risks (Sigh)of Chewing Gum While Pregnant

The Pros:

  1. Helps with Nausea:
    Ever felt slightly queasy during your pregnancy without succumbing to actual vomiting? Chewing gum could actually help lessen the feeling of nausea by neutralizing stomach acid and keeping saliva moving.

  2. Fresh Breath:
    Oh, the joys of hormonal fluctuations! We know that you take care of oral hygiene, but sometimes during pregnancy, you might get bad breath for whatever reason known to humankind. More on this below lest I stop being funny.

  3. Reduced Stress:
    Pregnancy isn’t all sunshine and lollipops (unfortunately). Sometimes it can be downright emotionally challenging – cue stress hormones! The act of chewing gum can serve as a physical outlet for pent-up anxiety by directing energy towards something mindless yet soothing.

The Cons:

  1. Risk of Swallowing Gum
    No matter how good you are at chasing errant chewed up globs with your tongue before they make their way down the hatch accidentally, there’s always a possibility that some gets swallowed.

  2. Abdominal Distress
    Excessive consumption of sorbitol or xylitol may lead to digestive issues like bloating and diarrhea.

  3. After reading this subheading title again…I don’t think we really need to add anything here.

So What’s Safe?

The good news is that gums containing both natural flavors and artificial sweeteners have been approved safe by multiple health institutions across the world including FDA (US), European Food Safety Authority(EC)


  • As with any food item consumed excessively in one go / regularly over long periods: limit intake!

  • However safe ingredients added in an unsafe quantity might pose risks so it’s better to stick with age-old principle even if not cool: moderation!

Which Brands Work Best During Pregnancy?

While no specific brands stand out as particularly unsafe when pregnant per se among those widely available : look for products carrying high ratings from credible sources (such as ADA endorsement is in the US) to ensure you get a reliable product that delivers on its promises.

In Conclusion: To Chew, or Not to Chew?

The million-dollar question – can you chew gum during pregnancy? And the answer, dear friends, is: drumroll please…

Yes (with caveats)! It’s safe to indulge in your minty-fresh habit occasionally while pregnant. Just be sure to opt for sugar-free brands and don’t go overboard with consumption. So cheer up ladies, feel free enjoy a stress-relieving stick of chewing gum every once in a while!

Some products containing xylitol might not be suitable for animal lovers though – it has been known to induce hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) among dogs if ingested.

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