5 Side Effects Of Activated Charcoal During Pregnancy

Activated Charcoal During Pregnancy

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Are you expecting? Are you keen to flush out toxins from your body? Are the symptoms of morning sickness troubling you during your special time? Do you know that activated charcoal helps release toxins from your body? Moreover, it also relieves the nasty morning sickness.

Medical consultants prescribe activated charcoal through oral medication. Read our post, as we discuss the uses and side effects of activated charcoal during pregnancy.

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Common charcoal is made using organic substances such as wood, coal, peat or petroleum products. Activated charcoal contains perforated pores and is specifically used to manufacture medicines and cosmetics as well. Manufacturers heat the common charcoal in presence of gases to develop pores in the charcoal, which forms the activated charcoal. These pores help trap harmful chemicals.

Some of the characteristics of activated charcoal include:

  • Activated charcoal is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic for the human body.
  • Activated charcoal detoxifies the body and inhibits absorption of poisonous substances by the body cells.(1)

[ Read: Safe Medications During Pregnancy ]

Uses Of Activated Charcoal During Pregnancy

Some of the uses of activated charcoal in pregnancy include:

  • General Detoxification:

Is activated charcoal safe during pregnancy? Yes, activated Charcoal is completely safe for pregnant moms. The body does not digest charcoal and therefore the substance does not collect in your bloodstream. Activated charcoal helps to detoxify your body and get rid from the unwanted toxins. It is essential to eliminate the harmful toxins from the body to promote healthy a digestive system. Higher exposure to toxins initiates cellular damage, allergic reactions and reduced immunity. Activated charcoal consumption during pregnancy can keep the body energized and elevates your mood.

  • Reduces Bloating:

Pregnant women mostly suffer from digestive issues and constipation. Consuming activated charcoal clears the digestive tract and binds all the by-products, to reduce all kinds of digestive issues.

  • Lowers Cholesterol:

Cholesterol levels increase during pregnancy and activated charcoal lowers the cholesterol level.

  • Treating Reduced Bile Flow (Cholestasis) During Pregnancy:

Consuming oral activated charcoal reduces the problem of Cholestasis in pregnant mothers.

[ Read: Cholestasis Symptoms In Pregnancy ]

  • Antidote For Drugs, Chemicals, And Poisons:

Charcoal is one of the most effective counteracting medicines. If the person accidentally ingests poisonous substances such as bleach, fertilizer, or even alcohol, a dose of activated charcoal flushes the poison from the body.

  • Reduces Indigestion And Heartburn:

Activated charcoal is eventually used to get relief from indigestion, heartburn, stomach gas, and flatulence during pregnancy. (2)

[ Read: Natural Ways To Treat Heartburn During Pregnancy ]

Side Effects Of Activated Charcoal While Pregnant

Though activated charcoal may have several medicinal benefits for pregnant moms, but it has certain side effects.

  1. Vomiting or diarrhea
  1. Black stools
  1. Black tongue
  1. Severe constipation
  1. Pain or swelling in stomach (3)

Activated Charcoal Dosage During Pregnancy

Activated charcoal is available in both liquid form and powder. The substance is available in doses of 15g/72 ml, 25g/ 120 ml, and 50 g/ 240 ml. For pregnant woman, it is always better to seek requisite guidance from the doctor and take prescribed dosage of activated charcoal.

Activated Charcoal Interactions

Activated charcoal can interfere in the absorption process of nutrients or supplements. Doctors recommend consuming activated charcoal 90 minutes before meals, supplements of prescribed medications. It has been observed that activated charcoal can produce potential side-effects on interaction with certain drugs. Some such drugs include:

  • Suvorexant
  • Tapentadol
  • Mycophenolic Acid
  • Naltrexone
  • Acetaminophin
  • Oxycodone
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Fentanyl
  • Methadone (4)

[ Read: Is Acetaminophen Safe During Pregnancy ]

Remember to consult your doctor before consuming activated charcoal.

Did you consume activated charcoal in your pregnancy days? Did you observe any beneficial health effects? Did you get relieved from digestion issues and morning sickness?

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