Aloe vera is an evergreen potted plant that can be used as a gel or drink. This plant is known as a medicinal plant and has many properties. Aloe vera compounds can be used for skin care and wound healing. Therefore, aloe vera is mostly available in the form of gel, ointment, or cream.
Aloe Vera During pregnancy
Regardless of the many properties considered for the aloe vera plant, pregnant mothers are generally advised not to use foods and supplements that contain aloe vera or aloe vera compounds because aloe vera has detoxifying effects. It can cause uterine contractions in pregnant women, which can lead to premature birth or miscarriage.
Aloe Vera Juice During Pregnancy
While aloe vera juice is one of the healthiest drinks available, the opinion of experts about the consumption of aloe vera juice is the same as the consumption of aloe vera itself, and they believe that pregnant women should not use aloe vera juice because of the laxative nature of aloe vera. Also called anthraquinone, it can cause the dissolution of toxins, which can also cause uterine contractions and premature birth, as well as disturbance in the intestinal electrolyte balance.
Therefore, it is recommended that pregnant women do not consume aloe vera in food and drink because it can be dangerous for the mother and fetus.
Is it permissible to use aloe vera as a care product during pregnancy?
In general, the internal use of aloe vera is not recommended for pregnant women, but there is no prohibition regarding the external use of aloe vera for skin care for pregnant women, and pregnant women can use aloe vera skin gels to keep their skin moist.
In many health and care product magazines, it has been said that aloe vera can stimulate the skin’s collagen production and regenerate the skin, so pregnant women can use these products to feel comfortable in their skin, and there is no prohibition for them.
Can using aloe vera be useful during pregnancy?
Constipation is one of the problems that can affect expectant mothers during pregnancy. Dry aloe vera is one of the substances that is usually used to relieve constipation in pregnant women with a low dose (0.04 to 0.17 grams). But it should be noted that no scientific source has confirmed the truth of this article. Therefore, pregnant women must consult a doctor before using it.
Aloe vera consumption in small amounts and with complete caution can have benefits for pregnant women:
- Vitamins and minerals
- Bowel relief and morning sickness
- Strengthening blood circulation by dilating capillaries
- Relief of inflammation of the digestive tract
- Facilitating bowel movements
What are the harms of consumption during pregnancy?
- The latex in aloe vera can cause uterine contractions, which can lead to premature birth or miscarriage.
- Congenital defects
- High consumption of aloe vera juice causes constipation because long-term use of laxatives will cause weakness in the intestinal muscles.
- Decrease in the level of electrolytes, especially potassium, which will lead to muscle weakness and heart rhythm disorders.
- If someone is allergic to Liliaceae plants, they may experience allergic reactions such as skin itching, swelling, skin rashes and chest tightness by consuming aloe vera.
Aloe vera is an evergreen house plant that can have medicinal properties. Aloe vera can be used as food or food supplements or as a drink, but as it was said, experts believe that the internal consumption of this plant in the form of a drink or food during pregnancy is not recommended, although in very small amounts it can have properties for digestive system, but its consumption is generally not recommended because it can cause uterine contractions and premature birth or abortion. Therefore, pregnant mothers are advised to avoid its use. However, there is no prohibition to use aloe vera skin care and cosmetic products, and pregnant women are allowed to use these products.