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jld128 Sun 05-Mar-17 12:19:11

hi everyone can i just get your thoughts on liquorice when pregnant i just had a qtr of cherry red liquorice wheels it's something i never eat and thought after i'd ate them🙊 to google it and it doesn't look like the best thing to have snacked on!

i'm 21weeks


RedBugMug Sun 05-Mar-17 12:21:47

it's fine.
english licorice doesn't contain salmiak anyway, which is something to avoid when pregnant.

BaronessBomburst Sun 05-Mar-17 12:22:34

Why? Liquorice Allsorts were the only thing I could keep down when I was pregnant.

jld128 Sun 05-Mar-17 12:35:33

google it, it says it can seriously affect the baby's IQ memory and increase the affects of ADHD

jld128 Sun 05-Mar-17 12:35:49

thanks RedBug smile

Twinnypops Sun 05-Mar-17 12:51:06

You might find it helpful to read this nhs article about that study:

Essentially, don't worry :-)

JonesyAndTheSalad Sun 05-Mar-17 12:52:19

Are cherry red licorice wheels those fake licorice things? It's mostly just sugar and gelatin if I'm thinking of the right ones. Barely any of the real stuff in them.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 05-Mar-17 12:58:08

Oh my goodness! I craved liquorice when I was pregnant with DS and ate packets of the proper black stuff. He's 7 now, bright, amazing reader but short term memory like a seive. I might have to erase this thread from my brain!

Timeforabiscuit Sun 05-Mar-17 12:59:23

As redbug says, the salmiak was said to be the compound in question, which isnt an issue in english liqourice.

Also the study relied upon mothers remebering how much salmiak they ate, but the concentrations vary between products which is a bit dicey and the biological mechanism which links salmiak and low iq needs to be worked out.

It needs looking at, but there are thousands of areas which need further study, but you shouldnt lose sight of the 1000's of things you are doing right smile.

jld128 Sun 05-Mar-17 13:02:03

Thanks very much everyone feeling a lot calmer!

BaronessBomburst Sun 05-Mar-17 18:33:48

Oh for goodness sake! I live in the Netherlands. Liquorice and salmiac are staples here. The country runs on the stuff. I was never told to avoid it when pregnant and I haven't noticed everyone having ADHD. hmm

jld128 Sun 05-Mar-17 20:39:49

ok Baroness i was only asking for people's opinions there are studies in it for a reason, no wonder people get worried posting on this!

BaronessBomburst Sun 05-Mar-17 20:56:42

No, the 'for goodness sake' wasn't aimed at you jld128 !
Sorry if you thought that. flowers
It was more a 'what stick are they going to beat pregnant women with this week' kind of reaction.

jld128 Sun 05-Mar-17 21:05:59

ok crossed wires i'm sorry too! i understand where your coming from with Dr Google though but i'm just as bad for googling i'm a first time mum to be after a mmc so naturally just worry over everything!

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