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Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe During Pregnancy?

Most Artificial Sweeteners are safe during pregnancy; however, there are a few that should not be used.

During the first trimester, a fetus is extremely vulnerable. The more natural the diet and less artificial flavorings and sweeteners, the better. Most doctors warn against the use of artificial sweeteners and medications in the first trimester because they can cause problems that could result in developmental issues in the fetus.

Artificial Sweeteners, for the most part, are safe during pregnancy but some of them should be avoided. Before consuming any artificial sweetener, you should consult with your doctor before taking. Saccharin or Sweet N Low, Cyclamate and a few others are not considered to be safe during pregnancy, and should be avoided. Cyclamate has been linked to causing cancer in rats and is currently banned from use in the United States.

Sweet N Low is not banned and found on many market store shelves today. It contains saccharin which has also been linked to cancers including bladder cancer and other problems. It is best to avoid this kind of sweetener at all costs because it is not safe whether you are pregnant or not.

If there is any question, check with your doctor to make sure that the artificial sweeteners you are taking are safe during pregnancy. Avoid the ones that aren't and you should be just fine.

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