Xylitol and Pregnancy

At this time, not much is known about the safety of xylitol during pregnancy. The sugar substitute is usually considered safe, however, probably much safer than some of the older artificial sweeteners. If you currently use xylitol, it may be a good idea to talk to your healthcare provider about whether consuming sugar substitutes during pregnancy is safe in your situation.

Xylitol and Pregnancy: An Introduction

Xylitol is a sugar substitute. It is generally considered relatively safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol found in a variety of different plants.

Is Xylitol Safe for Pregnant Women?

There is not much definitive information available about the safety of xylitol in pregnant women. However, it is usually considered safe, probably much safer than some of the older artificial sweeteners, like saccharin.
Some women have strong views about the use of sugar substitutes during pregnancy. Some women choose a conservative approach, deciding to avoid all things that have not been clearly proven to be completely safe. If you are one of these women, you probably will want to avoid xylitol. However, many women may choose to consume xylitol in moderation, which seems to be a reasonable approach. Either way, it is a personal decision that only you can make, although your healthcare provider can help you with this.
It should be noted that although xylitol is a sugar alcohol, it is not the same as alcoholic beverages and does not cause the same problems as alcohol when used during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, it is a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you may have, including whether or not you should consume xylitol. Your healthcare provider may be able to provide important information that is specific to your individual situation or may be able to better set your mind at ease.
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