Should Pregnant Mothers Eat Garlic

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I know this topic will interest most pregnant mothers because this is one of the questions they often ask while pregnant. When pregnant, some individual will just have the appetite to consume more and more garlic. On the other side of the coin, some pregnant mums despise its consumption when pregnant. Consumption of garlic when pregnant varies from one individual to the other. In pharmacology, we were taught that even the food we eat could become poison if we eat it excess. On this note, if we consume excess garlic, it could also become poison to us. Likewise if a pregnant woman consumes too much of garlic while pregnant, it becomes poisonous and harmful to the body.

Moderate consumption of garlic while pregnant is safe. Remember just moderate consumption! If you are a pregnant mother reading this article, it might interest you to know that some of the contents of garlic can pass enter the amniotic fluid via the placenta. For those of us who may not know what placenta is, I will explain. The placenta is a vascular organ that develops inside the uterus of most pregnant mammals to supply food and oxygen to the fetus through the umbilical cord. It is through this placenta that the baby in the mother’s womb gets its own food. It has also being found that garlic can cause thinning of the blood just like aspirin. The consequent of this is increase risk of bleeding which could be fatal to the pregnant mother. Just like most drugs, too much consumption of garlic can cause nausea and vomiting. Other possible side effects of this natural produce include gastrointestinal disturbances. It can also cause sweating and dizziness. Some people develop allergic reactions to garlic consumption. Since garlic causes thinning of blood, bleeding is a possible side effect. Although there are no documented side effects to the fetus, it is advisable to avoid it or consume it moderately during pregnancy. .

Vicky writes for My Medical Notes. Read Health Benefits of Garlic to man and Culinary Uses of Garlic at

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