Pregnancy and Baking Soda

Posted by MM on 09/28/2007

Hi Ted, I am not sure if this is the way to contact you, and I do apologize in advance if it is not. However, I am still hoping that I will receive reply from you.I have, totally by chance, found out your Earthclinic website, which I think is really great. My question is: I am 29 weeks pregnant, and was using for a last month baking soda for different things (from washing fruit and vegetables to drinking it for the heartburn), however (since I am very paranoic type of person!!!), I am wondering if this is 100% safe to take in pregnancy (well, I mean, can that in any way harm the baby, which is my greatest concern). For washing fruit and vegetable I have used couple of spoons in maybe 1/2-1L of water, and for drinking, just half spoon in the glass of water on the daily basis. Please let me know you opinion and if I should stop with this remedy in pregnancy, or is safe to carry on. Many thanks in advance

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Generally the most damage that can be done to a baby is when the mother becomes malnourished, the mother suffers acidosis (acidic urine pH of below 7), electrolytes become imbalance such as not having enough magnesium, causing cramps.

Generally speaking taking some prenatal vitamins which have vitamin B complex helps. A condition of acidosis can be checked to see if urine pH is within normal parameters, and if not it can be ascertained bicarbonate levels of the body is low.

Hence, if the body is low on bicarbonate and a heart burn is indicated, then if it helps the mother from her sickness, taking them would at least allow the body to achieve normal pH parameters.

At the very least, baking soda should reduce nausea and vomiting. Assuming baking soda is not use and the body undergoes acidosis, bringing on vomiting from acidosis whenever the body tries to throw off excess acid may actually disrupt the body's delicate electrolyte balance more.

Hence some electrolyte drinks may be helpful too that contains potassium and in some rare cases, a good electrolyte drinks may also have the needed magnesium too.