Is it safe to eat Fenugreek (Methi) while pregnant?

If ever food becomes the main topic of conversation in any discussion you have then it is safe to assume that you are pregnant. Congratulations! Ding Ding Ding!

Welcome to the time of your life when strangers from the shopping mall to your family members will stick you free advice on what to eat and what not to eat. It can become overwhelming. Our Indian diet is filled with various dishes and it becomes difficult to choose what may be safe to consume and what may not be. Being pregnant, the best you can do is do solid research before including something in your diet.

Fenugreek is also known as methi. It is one food which can confuse pregnant women in general. Anything consumed in excess can be hazardous to your health. If fenugreek is consumed in excess it may cause uterine contractions and can cause the newborn to have a maple-syrup like a body odour after birth. It has been tested that fenugreek does not have any long-term effects.

Is it safe to eat Fenugreek (Methi) while pregnant?

Possible harmful effects on the baby and pregnancy:

If fenugreek is had in excess then it can very naturally cause a heavy hormonal disturbance in the body. It is not safe for the body and can cause the following side effects:

1. Miscarriage:

In case, fenugreek is consumed in the later stage of the pregnancy it may cause unnecessary and earlier signs of contractions. This may cause the pregnancy to be pre-term or in some cases can also lead to miscarriage. Be careful about consuming fenugreek during the 37th week of your pregnancy. If it is consumed since the beginning of the pregnancy, it is still fine as the pregnant body has had time to adjust to it.

2. Indigestion:

Fenugreek, when eaten on a regular basis, can result in nausea, vomiting or acid indigestion. The digestive system is highly fragile during a pregnancy. It can cause stools, bloating and diarrhea.

3. May trigger allergies:

Fenugreek can cause fits of hypertension during a pregnancy. It can lead to conditions such as wheezing, swelling and coughing.

4. Funny urine:

Eating fenugreek in the later stages of pregnancy can lead to maple-syrup smelling urine.

These side effects are a by-product of consuming an excess of fenugreek and not normal doses of it.
When consumed in normal amounts, fenugreek can lead to a number of positive effects such as:

4a. Fenugreek helps fight morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy. It means you can gorge on methi parathas with ease.

4b. Many women develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancy and eating fenugreek seeds can lower the risk of causing diabetes. It lowers the chances as it helps stabilize the levels of blood sugar.

4c. According to numerous studies, pregnant women who consume fenugreek during their pregnancy and throughout are known to improve their breast milk production post pregnancy.

4d. Pregnant women are abhorrent of labour pains and contractions. They eating fenugreek may help in easing the labour pains and reduce contractions.

5. Sometimes, the hormonal fluctuation can lead to increase in breast size. Fenugreek will encourage the augmentation of the bust size. Just soak a few grams of the seeds in water and consume the connotation daily.

Now that we have discussed both the possible side effects and benefits of fenugreek seeds, let us scheme through a few quick facts:

5a. Consume fenugreek in small amounts and if there are any side effects, consult your doctor right away.

5b. It is safe to begin eating fenugreek in the beginning of the pregnancy but always notify the doctor before including it as a part of your meal.

5c. Fenugreek tea is also healthy to consume during pregnancy as it promotes healthy lactation.

5d. Consume less than 100 grams in a week and your pregnancy will be stable.

When in doubt, consult your doctor and based on your health and pregnancy situation you will get the best path to go about it.
Are there any other benefits of fenugreek we missed out on? Let us know in the comments section below.

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