The only thing I've found regarding hot peppers while pregnant says that it can possibly induce labor.

My mom just told my pregnant wife that eating hot pepper can damage the fetus' skin:

  • the skin will be prone to rashes/buttons/blisters/etc.
  • the skin will become darker

She said it's because of the heat caused by the pepper. Is this based in reality, or is it just a housewives' tale?

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    sound like a housewives tale the hotness of peppers comes from Capsaicin which I don't think will ever get into the the Amniotic Fluid Commented May 27, 2012 at 1:10
  • Maybe you could ask the women in countries like Korea, India, Burma, etc. They would have noticed if it caused any real problems. And there are lots of people with dark skin whose mother has never tasted any chillies.
    – hdhondt
    Commented May 27, 2012 at 23:26
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    We want to focus our attention on doubtful claims that are widely held or are made by notable people. Please provide some references to show this isn't just something your mother made up.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 2:12
  • I had a quick look for the literature, and was buried under the results: capsaicin has had a lot of study as patches, injections and feeding for human diseases and in pregnant rats. As a neutotoxin, it certainly has some effects on rats in high doses, but I didn't see anything specific to skin flushes or humans. Not worth looking further until it is shown to be a notable claim.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jun 22, 2013 at 13:18
  • We've had a couple of deleted answers which basically were anecdotes about believing this claim. Useless as answers, but demonstrate notability.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Dec 18, 2014 at 2:26


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