herbs during pregnancy

Pregnancy is something every mom-to-be wants to enjoy and cherish the most. Throughout pregnancy, a women is expected to take good care of her health and the necessary nutrients for the growth of the baby in her tummy. Number of visits to the hospital has increased when compared to previous years, just to make sure that everything is okay. Usually, pregnant women are expected to take many medicines like multivitamins and folic acid. When there are many herbs to help you curb nausea and ward off cold, why do you need over the counter medicines!

There are many herbs that can be consumed during pregnancy to make your health better and also help the growth of the baby in the most natural way. Apart from healthy diet, there are many herbs that will help you cherish pregnancy.

Herbs that are safe to be consumed during pregnancy:

Ginger

Ginger is a common herb that is used in everyday food we eat. It contains many medicinal properties that help to treat and cure many minor issues in our health. It helps to treat indigestion, common cold, cough and sometimes flu too. It has anti-inflammatory property in it that helps to treat headache and body aches. They are also powerful anti-oxidant which help to get rid of impurities.

 

During pregnancy, ginger helps to reduce nausea and morning sickness. Morning sickness can be very bothering and makes you tired all through the day. Consuming ginger tea or just chewing a small piece (1.5gms) of ginger can help you reduce morning sickness.

How to consume:

  • Ginger can be included in your daily food while cooking.
  • A cup of ginger tea will be good.
  • You can also chew a small piece of ginger, if you like.

Saffron

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Saffron is the dried thread like part that is in the center of the “Crocus Sativus flower”, which contains the pollen.  It is a popular herb and also one of the most expensive herbs in the world.

There is a saying, “When a pregnant women consumes saffron regularly, the to-be-born baby will have a fair skin tone”. We are not sure if that is true, but consuming saffron during pregnancy can be very effective for general health and it predominantly addresses to the below mentioned issues.

  • Helps you lose bad mood swings
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps better digestion
  • Helps you reduce morning sickness
  • Promotes sleep
  • Helps hair growth
  • Fights cold and flu
  • Reduces kidney and bladder issues

As a word of caution, Saffron cannot be consumed more than 10gm a day, as it increases the body heat and causes allergies.

saffron for pregnancy

How to consume:

Turmeric

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Turmeric is one if the popular herbs that is regularly consumed along with everyday food in India. It helps to prevent and treat many health issues. Curcumin is the compound that is present in turmeric that takes care of the medicinal requirements. It is anti-septic, ant-biotic, anti-fungal and anti-virus too. It detoxifies the body and improves the health of liver. It is also found that turmeric has rich anti-oxidants that removes free radicals from your internal system.

How to consume:

  • Turmeric powder can be included in regular food while it is cooked.
  • Can be consumed by adding to milk along with pepper powder and sugar.

Chives

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Chives as a leaf like herb that belongs to the onion, garlic and leeks family. These leaves are usually used to season the food because of the flavor and fragrance it has. They grow in clumps and bear flowers in the season. These leaves are rich in folate. Folate is a compound that is important for the brain growth of the baby. It promotes DNA synthesis and cell divisions also.

How to consume:

  • Can be used as a seasoning in your regular food.
  • Can be included in salads too.

 

Cardamom

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Cardamom is one of the herbs that is widely used all over the world. The beautiful fragrance that cardamom bears helps to alleviate nausea and improves appetite. Regular consumption helps to reduce vomiting and reduces morning sickness.

How to consume:

  • Can be included in desserts and sweets.
  • Can be included in tea.

 

Chamomile flowers

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Chamomile flower not only looks beautiful but also has many medicinal properties in it. The good fragrance helps to reduce mood swings. Chamomile has soothing effects that promote sleep. When someone has trouble sleeping, chamomile is the herb for you! Have one cup of chamomile tea and you would have a good night sleep.

How to consume:

When all these herbs are included in your regular diet, you will have happy pregnancy. As a word of caution, all herbs need to be consumed in moderation. When consumed in higher quantities, there might be allergies or side effects based on your personal health conditions. The herbs mentioned in this article are safe for pregnant mothers. 

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.