Saffron during pregnancy
Saffron is used for asthma, cough, whooping cough (pertussis), and to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant). It is also used for sleep problems (insomnia), cancer, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), intestinal gas (flatulence), depression, Alzheimer’s disease, fright, shock, spitting up blood (hemoptysis), pain, heartburn, and dry skin.Women use saffron for menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Is it safe are or not During pregnancy
Yes, it is safe to add saffron to milk.But, as with any herb or spice,and in very limited use saffron in moderation, especially when you're pregnant. Studies show that saffron may reduce blood pressure and mood swings. In large doses, saffron can act as a uterine stimulant and could cause contractions.
Kesar has to be taken in very small amounts; otherwise it can be harmful for pregnant women. There have studies that have reported that high doses of saffron have led to untimely contractions and even miscarriage.
Smooth digestion is always an issue during pregnancy. So a stimulating agent like Kesar can be beneficial for women when they are pregnant. According to the Ayurveda, taking in very small amounts of saffron aid in initiating the movement, or the activity of the foetus, inside the womb. Since the movement is noted generally in the fifth month of the pregnancy, it is advisable to take kesar post the fifth month of pregnancy.
It can be added to milk, to various sweets, to rice based dishes and even in soups.
Sometimes women face problem in digesting milk or any other milk products when they are pregnant. If you happen to be one of them, it is advisable to drop a few strands like two strands of saffron in a glass of water and have it. It will help your digestive system.
Take care when buying saffron that is sold loose or without proper packaging. As it is a costly herb, saffron is often found to be adulterated. Buy branded packets, which are ISI marked and government approved. Remember to read the label and check the expiry dates.
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