There are several herbs that offer relief from pregnancy-related complications. Does fennel fall into this category? The aromatic plant from the parsley family tastes good and leaves you refreshed. MomJunction tell you if fennel is safe or not, and how it effects you during pregnancy. Read on to learn more.
Is Fennel Safe To Eat During Pregnancy?
There is not enough evidence to suggest that consumption of fennel during pregnancy is safe. To be on the safer side and ensure that it does not cause any side effects to you or your unborn, avoid the herb.
In some cases, taking fennel could slow down the blood clotting properties. In case you are prone to a bleeding disorder, it could lead to more bleeding and bruises (1).
A study in northern Italy helped to test the effects of common herbs, including fennel, on pregnant women. The study was carried out over 15 months. More than 700 women were interviewed, within three days after they gave birth. The women had been admitted to three public hospitals in northern Italy (2).
It was observed that the use of herbs, including fennel, did have an effect on the baby at the time of birth, including the length of gestation as well as the weight of the baby. However, the study was not able to establish the exact effect of fennel on the pregnancy.
Side Effects Of Eating Fennel Seeds During Pregnancy:
If you are allergic to celery, carrots, mugwort or such, you should avoid having fennel seeds, especially while you are pregnant. Also, if you have sensitive skin, you should avoid taking fennel seeds while you are pregnant.
The skin can turn extra sensitive and dry during pregnancy, making it more prone to skin issues and conditions. To avoid any discomfort or serious medical condition, avoid taking fennel seeds while you are pregnant.
Can Fennel Seeds Lead To Miscarriage?
It is difficult to say for certain whether fennel seeds can trigger miscarriages. However, it is believed that having fennel seeds while you are pregnant could be extremely harmful to your unborn baby, because of its emmenagogue effects.
Having fennel seeds, can trigger menstrual flow, which is a potential threat to your pregnancy and could lead to miscarriage. As there is no medical research about the topic, it is safer to avoid having fennel seeds and fennel tea while you are pregnant.
Alternatives To Fennel Seeds:
Most pregnant women end up taking fennel seeds during pregnancy as they feel that the seeds will help ease and soothe their pregnancy woes. However, you can always try to use some known and safer alternatives, which also offer the same benefits, minus the negatives. And, some of these healthy and safe alternatives include lemon, orange, ginger, cinnamon and the like. Add them to hot water and let them steep, before sipping them warm.
Safety Of Fennel Tea During Pregnancy:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not regulated the use of herbal teas, including fennel tea while you are pregnant. While most herbal teas may not cause any side effects to you or your unborn baby during pregnancy, the exact effects of such teas are still mysterious and remain unknown. As a result, medical practitioners feel that it is safe to avoid having fennel tea or any other herbal tea during pregnancy.
How To Make Fennel Tea At Home:
While you are pregnant, it is important to check with your doctor about the safety of everything that you eat and drink. Similarly, you should also ask your doctor about whether or not you can take fennel tea during these months as your doctor will be the best judge of your medical condition. If your doctor does give you the go-ahead to have fennel tea, you can try and make it at home using a very simple recipe.
Here is how you can brew your very own pot of fennel tea at home while you are pregnant.
You Will Need:
- Fennel seeds
- Honey or jaggery syrup – ask your doctor which item is safe for you to during pregnancy
- To start with, crush or grind the fennel seeds to make them into a fine powder consistency.
- In the meanwhile, add the water in a pan and let it boil.
- Once the fennel seed powder is ready, add it to the boiling water.
- Cover the pan with a lid and turn off the heat. Let the water sit on the heat for about five minutes till you can steep the tea.
- Once the five minutes are over, strain the tea and add a dash of honey or jaggery syrup to give it a sweet taste.
- Make sure that you have the tea while it is warm and is not too hot.
Depending on what your doctor has told you, follow the dosage advice and do not over-consume fennel seeds in any form while you are pregnant.
Moms, did you use fennel during pregnancy or opt for other alternatives? Do share your experience here so that it can benefit other would-be moms.
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