Is It Safe To Consume Cinnamon During Pregnancy?

Is It Safe To Consume Cinnamon During Pregnancy

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Adding cinnamon to your culinary treats in right amounts can enhance their flavor and aroma. Also, this rich and fragrant spice is known for its antioxidant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties along with certain effects on some neurological disorders (1). But, are you allowed to have it during pregnancy?

Well, this MomJunction post tells you about cinnamon’s safety, benefits and side effects of consuming it during pregnancy, how much and how to use this spice, and much more.

Is Cinnamon Safe During Pregnancy?

Yes, cinnamon is safe during pregnancy when taken in less amounts. For instance, you can use cinnamon as a flavoring agent to your beverage or dessert.

But if you are adding it too much to your recipes or taking a high amount of cinnamon bark or cinnamon oil, it could lead to some adverse effects (2).

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How Much Cinnamon Is Considered Safe When Pregnant?

1 to 6g of cinnamon per day is considered safe for adults. However, there is no such daily recommended quantity given for pregnant women. Hence, it is suggested to take less than the normal permissible limits (6). And when done so, you can reap certain benefits as well.

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Cinnamon For Pregnant Women?

Here we can see what cinnamon in less quantity can do in pregnancy:

  1. Helps manage gestational diabetes: During pregnancy, the insulin requirements keep on changing based on the hormonal changes. It is essential to adjust the doses as too high and too low levels could be a sign of concern. And cinnamon has proven to reduce the insulin requirements for women with gestational diabetes (3).
  1. Can reduce blood pressure: High blood pressure or hypertension during pregnancy is pretty common. Cinnamon has some favorable effects on lowering the blood pressure, provided it is taken in a limited amount (4).
  1. Helps in treating nausea: Nausea and vomiting are the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Cinnamon used in certain formulations may have some relieving effects on these issues (5).
    Although cinnamon is known for anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, a few studies do not recommend it for expecting mothers.

Next, we shall see how to use this spice and enjoy its benefits when pregnant.

[ Read: What Causes Gestational Diabetes ]

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What Are The Various Ways To Use Cinnamon?

As high amount of cinnamon is not advised for pregnant women, you can use it in the following ways.

  • You can drink cinnamon tea (however, not daily) where the cinnamon stick can be used as a flavoring agent
  • You can use a pinch of cinnamon powder for seasoning desserts and baked goodies for enhanced flavor and taste
  • Cinnamon is also an aromatic spice good for tempering recipes.

Do not miss out the precautions before you head to relish the flavor of this spice.

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What Are The Precautions To Follow While Taking Cinnamon?

Some aspects that you need to be careful of are:

  • Avoid cinnamon oil in pregnancy because the safe dosage is not known. High doses may cause burning sensation for the mother. Also there could be concerns related to the toxicity to the baby in the womb (7).
  • If you are at high risks of miscarriage, then you should avoid cinnamon completely.
  • Do not consume any food/drink if you have cinnamon allergies.
  • Pregnant women with obstetric disorders should also say no to cinnamon even in less quantity.
  • Make sure to buy the best quality cinnamon sticks or powder to prevent any harmful additives.

High doses of cinnamon while you are pregnant can result in certain adverse effects.

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What Are The Side Effects Of Cinnamon During Pregnancy?

When cinnamon is taken in exceeding limits, the following can be experienced.

  1. Cinnamon when taken in high doses works as an emmenagogue and can increase the risk of uterine contractions and premature labor. If you have been thinking about using cinnamon oil during pregnancy, please try to stay away from it (8).
  1. If you are taking any medications such as diabetes or heart medicines or antibiotics, then avoid cinnamon as it is known to have a blood thinning effect. This might result in excessive bleeding which is not safe in pregnancy (9).
  1. Avoid taking cinnamon in supplement form. It could lead to certain risks such as excessive perspiration, stomach disorders, increased rate rate, and fallen blood sugar levels. All of which is not good while you are pregnant (10).

[ Read: Benefits Of Pepper During Pregnancy ]

To reap the benefits of cinnamon when pregnant, it is advisable to use it as a flavoring or seasoning substance. If you figure out that even less quantity of cinnamon is not working for you or causing you any concern, then you can avoid it completely until delivery.

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Did you consume cinnamon in pregnancy? Let us know if it has helped you or not in the comment section below.

References:

1. P. V. Rao and S. H. Gan; Cinnamon: A Multifaceted Medicinal Plant; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2014)
2. G. Bruno; Cinnamon: A Supplement for Diabetes, Body Composition, Cardiovascular Health & Antioxidant Protection; Huntington College of Health Sciences (2009)
3. G. Graham, E. B. Johnson, A. Johnson, R. Anderson, and P. Devine; Cinnamon for glycemic control in gestational diabetes: A randomized double-blind placebo controlled pilot study; American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (2005)
4. Akilen R et al., Effect of short=term administration of cinnamon on blood pressure in patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (2013)
5. E. Yarnell; The medicinal uses of cinnamon; Integrative Medicine (2010)
6. J. Liu; Is Cinnamon Good For You?; The Whole U University of Washington (2016)
7. Cinnamon; Health Library: Winchester Hospital
8. Inducing a Menstrual Period Naturally with Emmenagogue Foods & Herbs; Health with Food
9. Cassia Cinnamon; The University of Iowa
10. Jeanna Morshead-Metelica; THE IMPACT OF CINNAMON ON GLUCOSE LEVELS AND ALCOHOL CRAVINGS IN EARLY RECOVERY; University of Wisconsin (2012)

 

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