What an expecting mom eats directly impacts the growth and development of her baby. Chicken in itself is a nutrient-rich addition to the diet of a pregnant woman, power packed with proteins, fats, vitamins A & B6, potassium, magnesium and iron. Fried chicken is a far cry from healthy and should definitely be off the menu during pregnancy. But, if you really want to satisfy the craving have fried chicken less often and in limited quantities.
This is because fried chicken is way too high on calories and sodium and severely lacking in nutrients. The situation is worse when the fried chicken is from a fast food joint as they reuse the same oil for frying, that deteriorates the oil by oxygenation and hydrogenation. Frying also leads to inflammatory compounds in the oil that cause cell damage and even diabetes. One study found that women who ate fried chicken more than seven times in a week had a 88% chance of gestational diabetes.
Fried food during pregnancy also make bloating, gas and indigestion worse. It is best to avoid consuming fried chicken or any fried foods during pregnancy. Always consult your doctor about food cravings during pregnancy.