Aloe Vera is a cactus-like succulent plant that grows in hot, dry climates. The gel from its leaves is prized for its healing and hydrating properties. But why is it considered a ‘miracle herb’ during pregnancy? Why did the Egyptians call it ‘the plant of immortality’? And why is it necessary to exercise caution before you start consuming Aloe Vera juice daily?
Pregnancy is a blissful time with a side of morning sickness and nausea. But guess what? Aloe Vera has soothing properties that can ease the gut muscles and provide relief from nausea, as well as morning sickness to an expecting mother. Drinking 30-50 ml of Aloe Vera juice has been known to dilate the blood capillaries of a pregnant woman, improving blood circulation and enabling healthy development of the foetus. Aloe Vera juice is also an excellent laxative and can ease constipation during pregnancy. It is a rich source of Vitamins and minerals, especially folic acid and choline, that are essential during pregnancy for the mother and the baby. It is also great for the heart, liver and skin. These numerous health benefits and its ability to thrive in the harshest of conditions earned it the title of ‘the plant of immortality’ by the Egyptians.
However, here’s the downside of consuming too much aloe Vera during pregnancy. Some women may develop allergies to aloe Vera gel causing redness, itching, inflammation and burning sensation. Aloe Vera also has a tendency to lower blood sugar levels. In an expecting mother, this could mean disastrous. It also lowers potassium levels in the body and may cause sharp decline in the electrolyte balance of the body causing irregular pulse, weakness and fatigue. It can also cause uterine contractions.
Therefore, it is best to avoid consumption of aloe Vera during pregnancy. Topical use may be harmless for the mother and the baby, but it is best to consult your doctor before using herbs during pregnancy.