Can I use artificial sweeteners in pregnancy?

Artificial sweeteners are commonly used because they add a sweet taste to food, without many calories. While they have not been studied broadly in pregnant populations, The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), stevia, and sucralose (Splenda) are safe to consume in pregnancy. Saccharin (Sweet N’ Low), however, should be avoided. 

While there seems to be no significant risk for birth defects when consuming sweeteners, there is some concern about an increase in childhood obesity, infant body mass index (height for weight), altered taste for sweet foods, and preterm labor. If you do use artificial sweeteners, limit your intake. It’s always best to eat whole, natural foods if possible. Organic honey is an excellent all-natural sweetener!