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For most pregnant women, dipping into the candy stash at the office or in your child's trick-or-treat bag isn't a problem.
Gobbling chocolate and candy corn will cause your blood sugar level to spike, but unless you're diabetic, your body can handle the occasional surge. (Pregnant women with diabetes or gestational diabetes need to avoid sugary goodies altogether.)
To help your body process the sugar after a binge, it's a good idea to take a walk or get some exercise.
You may experience a burst of fetal movement as your baby reacts to the influx of sugar. That's why some ob-gyns suggest doing kick counts about an hour after having a snack or glass of juice.
One thing to keep in mind: Some research shows that what you eat during pregnancy can influence your baby's taste preferences. So if you eat a lot of sweets, your child may favor sugary foods. To counteract this effect, make sure you take in plenty of other foods and flavors.
I'm a big fan of putting candy in the freezer right after Halloween – out of sight, out of mind. It's not as readily accessible, but you can still have an occasional treat. If you just can't keep your hands off the sweet stuff, take it to your office or donate unopened bags to a food shelter.