Can You Eat Kimchi During Pregnancy?

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By Lyndsay Hall | Updated on Sep 11, 2023
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There’s no need to avoid kimchi during pregnancy, but it would be best to purchase a store-bought version to ensure that the kimchi has been properly prepared and sealed before consumption.

Kimchi is a fermented cabbage dish that offers a great hit of tang and spice to bowls, sandwiches, soups, and various other recipes. Although its smell can be a bit off-putting to some, the fermentation offers a natural source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that help promote gut health.

Although making kimchi at home can be a nice Sunday activity, there’s a greater risk of foodborne illness when you make it yourself, especially if you’re new to the fermentation game. So embrace the ease of buying it already made and enjoy.

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Can You Eat Kimchi During Pregnancy?

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By Lyndsay Hall | Updated on Sep 11, 2023
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There’s no need to avoid kimchi during pregnancy, but it would be best to purchase a store-bought version to ensure that the kimchi has been properly prepared and sealed before consumption.

Kimchi is a fermented cabbage dish that offers a great hit of tang and spice to bowls, sandwiches, soups, and various other recipes. Although its smell can be a bit off-putting to some, the fermentation offers a natural source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that help promote gut health.

Although making kimchi at home can be a nice Sunday activity, there’s a greater risk of foodborne illness when you make it yourself, especially if you’re new to the fermentation game. So embrace the ease of buying it already made and enjoy.

Pregnant woman holding her stomach on a bed with a plant in the background

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