Can you eat aloe when pregnant?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question: “Can you eat aloe when pregnant?” We will also debate the origin of aloe, the possible effects caused by the ingestion of aloe during pregnancy, if there are health benefits of eating aloe while pregnant and how you can use aloe in other ways when you are pregnant.

Can you eat aloe when pregnant?

No, you can not eat aloe when pregnant. Although having multiple health benefits in general, especially when used in cosmetics, aloe can be dangerous for pregnant women and their babies. When eaten, aloe has laxative effects and that same substance can lead to uterus contraction and even cause aborption. 

What is the origin of aloe?

The origin of aloe, being Aloe vera the most used species, is Mediterranean region, more specifically in the deserts and red sea. It is considered a succulent plant, having its plant tissues full of water. The high water content in Aloe cells is an adaptation to the desert environment, with high temperatures and almost no water available.   

Being a succulent, aloe plants are best cultivated in warm climates and with little watering. Water in excess can bring some dangers to an aloe plant, since it is really sensitive to lots of phytopathogens such as nematodes, fungus, virus and bacteria. Although there are a lot of scientific studies trying to create resistance varieties, it is hard work. 

What are the possible effects of eating aloe during pregnancy?

There are different effects in eating aloe during pregnancy. It can help with nausea, which is the most common pregnancy symptom, especially during mornings. However, that happens when eaten in little quantities like 0,04 g and with water. Always talk to your doctor about eating Aloe, because the harm effects can be higher than the benefits. 

Even if it has lots of different nutrients, such as vein dilators and vitamins, aloe has lots of sugar too. High quantities of sugar in one’s diet is not healthy for anyone, but it can cause even bigger danger to pregnant women, because it increases the chance to develop diabetes type II and causes the fetus to be overweight. 

Pregnant women have a lot of changes in the body, especially in the guts, since studies show that even the intestines microbiota change. That can lead to momentary gut issues like constipation or diarrhea. When constipated, aloe can be used in little quantities because it has aloin, a laxative substance.

If you use Aloe in excess, it can bring some harm. Aloe decreases the electrolyte levels in the body, which is dangerous especially for pregnant women, since it can lead to muscle weakness and lowers your heartbeat, both not wanted effects because when pregnant is when the women’s body needs more strength than ever, for her and the baby.

Are there health benefits of eating aloe while pregnant?

Yes, there are health benefits of eating aloe while pregnant. Aloe can be eaten occasionally as a nutritional supplement, because it is rich in vitamin A and E and minerals like iron and calcium. A variable and quality source of nutrients is always important when pregnant, since you need to eat healthy for you and your baby’s development.

Pre-eclampsia, which is relatively normal for pregnant women, is a risk that can lead to bleeding and even abortion. Aloe can keep the blood pressure stable when used in correct quantities, so there is less risk of headache associated with high blood pressure and heart conditions in your baby. 

How can you use aloe in other ways when you are pregnant?

Aloe can be used in other and safer ways when pregnant. It has a high hydration quality, so it is very used in skin and hair cosmetics. Pregnancy increases hormones in a woman’s body, so it brings changes in skin and hair, which become dry and even fall. So Aloe based cosmetics are a good option to put in your routine.

There are also medical creams and ointments based on Aloe, since it has anti-inflammatory effects. It is a natural way to treat skin bruises and burns. It does not pass through skin for the fetus, so it is a healthy and natural way to consume Aloe.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we addressed the question: “Can you eat aloe when pregnant?” We also talked about the origin of aloe, the possible effects caused by the ingestion of aloe during pregnancy, if there are health benefits of eating aloe while pregnant and how you can use aloe in other ways when you are pregnant.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://indianewsrepublic.in/if-you-drink-aloe-vera-juice-like-this-during-pregnancy-there-will-be-harm-instead-of-benefit-know-the-right-way-to-consume-it/
https://www.pregnancy.com.sg/post/aloe-vera-during-pregnancy-is-it-safe-to-consume#:~:text=Aloe%20vera%20works%20wonders%20for,pregnancy%20is%20not%20recommended%20medically.
https://parenting.firstcry.com/articles/consuming-aloe-vera-in-pregnancy/
https://www.momjunction.com/articles/is-it-safe-to-consume-aloe-vera-during-pregnancy_00177228/
https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/parenting/pregnancy-birth/a26162/surprising-foods-to-avoid-in-pregnancy/

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