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The safety of garlic during pregnancy

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Garlic is commonly used as a flavoring agent to add depth to any cuisine. While it is enjoyed for its distinct taste, it also has health benefits and certain side effects.


Side effects during pregnancy

🧄Risk of bleeding

The sulfur compound in garlic🧄 called ajoene inhibits platelet formation and increases the possibility of incessant bleeding.🩸 Therefore, taking garlic supplements may increase the risk of bleeding during delivery.

🧄Heartburn

Due to massive hormone changes and physical pressure of a growing fetus, pregnancy alone can cause heartburn.❤️ However, it can also be worsened or directly linked to garlic intake.

If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease or irritable bowel syndrome🤢, you should refrain from consuming too much garlic. Otherwise, it’s safe for you to continue eating this herb.


Benefits for pregnancy

🧄Prevent preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure🩸 and damage to organs, mainly livers and kidneys. Garlic can help decrease blood pressure and thin the blood, but you should take it with caution.🙆‍♀️

Research on a safe daily dosage of garlic is still limited. You should consult with doctors for detailed information.👩‍⚕️

🧄Lower the risk of spontaneous preterm delivery

Garlic has antimicrobial and prebiotic properties, supporting a healthy pregnancy.🤰 Garlic was found to be associated with a significant reduction of preterm delivery. However, more research needs to be warranted on this topic.🤔 

🧄Lower the risk of infection

Pregnancy takes a toll on your body and weakens your immune system. Garlic was recommended to be a potential immune-boosting dose.😃 However, more studies need to be conducted to learn more about garlic’s potential.🤔 

For your baby’s safety, it’s best to eat in moderation.🤗

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