SuperBottoms: Benefits & Safety of Eating Amla in Pregnancy
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Amla, or Indian gooseberry, is a native plant that grows in some parts of Asian countries. In India, Amla is used for cooking as a supplement and snack, and for a long time, it is also a part of the traditional medicines of every Indian household. But as a pregnant woman, there might be a question you would be asking yourself, can we eat amla during pregnancy will it be safe or not? To answer this, you'll need to spend some time on this SuperBottoms's article, and this article will solve all your questions.

NUTRITION VALUE IN AMLA

Amla or gooseberries are rich in the following nutrients:

1. Dietary fiber
2. Copper
3. Manganese
4. Potassium
5. Vitamin C
6. B5
7. Folic Acid
8. B6

Folic acid helps in balancing hormones during pregnancy and also helps to cure nausea. Vitamin C present in Amla helps to increase immunity during pregnancy, and another vitamin, i.e. Vitamin B, helps in growing the bones of the newborn baby, muscles of baby, and nerves of the baby.

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IS IT SAFE TO EAT AMLA DURING PREGNANCY?

With each trimester of pregnancy comes a new set of duties for you and your baby, so watching what you eat becomes increasingly essential. Now come to your query of whether eating Amla during pregnancy is safe. So the answer is that there is no side effect of having Amla during pregnancy, and it is entirely safe to have it during this time.

Eating Amla during pregnancy is suitable for your health. Indian gooseberries are rich in various nutrients, antioxidants, fibers, and most importantly, vitamin C. This fruit is also rich in vitamin B5, folic acid, and vitamin B6. You can eat 1 or 2 Amlas, or in liquid, you can drink 10-15 ml of juice for a single day. You should not consume more than this. It will help you with morning sickness, nausea, or tastelessness of the mouth.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Amla is highly recommended by doctors for pregnant women. Eating Amla in average quantity is good for your health. But under certain health conditions, it is strongly advisable to stop consuming Amla fruit. Read also: Eating Guava in Pregnancy: Safety, Benefits and Risks.

BENEFITS OF EATING AMLA DURING PREGNANCY

There are various advantages to eating Amla during pregnancy, some of which are as follows:

1 ▪ Improves Immunity in pregnancy
, common colds and urinary tract infections are very common. The antioxidants in Amla help boost the immune system, and vitamin C in Amla protects you from infection-causing pathogens.

2 ▪ Prevents Inflammation
Pregnant women's arms and feet start to swell because of the additional body fluid present during pregnancy and also the strain from the developing fetus. Medically, it is known as Edema, and because of Amla's inflammatory properties, it helps treat inflammation and swelling.

3 ▪ Control Blood Pressure
Mood swings and stress are some of the common symptoms during pregnancy; it happens because of the fluctuation of blood pressure. The vitamin C in Amla extends the blood vessels in the body, which helps keep the blood pressure normal.

4 ▪ Beneficial in maintaining calcium level
During pregnancy, the requirement for calcium increases in the body because the baby, for their needs, extracts the calcium from the mother's bones. Therefore, the pregnant woman should consume Amla because it helps maintain the mother and baby's calcium levels.

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HOW SHOULD YOU EAT AMLA DURING PREGNANCY?

Here are some products of Amla that a pregnant woman can eat:

1 ▪ Murabba of Amla
The murabba of Amla is made by boiling the Amlas in sugar syrup, and a pregnant woman can eat it as an alternative to Amla pickles. It also has a flavor of cardamom, which helps improve the body's digestion.

2 ▪ Amla Candy
To make the candy, Amla is dipped in sugar or jaggery. It is suitable for gastric-related issues, gaining weight, and keeping the body cool during summer.

3 ▪ Amla Juice
The pregnant woman can drink the Amla juice by mixing it with honey, pepper, salt and water to maintain the temperature of the body. It helps in removing toxins and phlegm. It is suitable for liver-related diseases.

4 ▪ Chyawanprash
Amla has various rejuvenating properties, and it can be taken in the form of chyawanprash by the pregnant woman. It increases immunity against various viral infections and diseases.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR EATING AMLA DURING PREGNANCY?

Mornings are considered the best time to eat Amla during pregnancy. However, there is no scientific proof of this. Therefore, a pregnant woman can eat the Amla at any time of the day.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE BENEFITS OF EATING AMLA DURING PREGNANCY?

During pregnancy, there are many benefits of eating Amla, though excess consumption of the Amla without doctor consultation can lead to the following side effects:

1. Depending on the medical condition of the mother, it can induce bleeding during pregnancy. Hence, it will be better to consult the doctor before eating the Amla.

2. It can cause gastric issues, acidity and constipation if pregnant women eat it in huge quantities during pregnancy.

WHEN SHOULD YOU AVOID AMLA DURING PREGNANCY?

Though it is good to have Indian gooseberries during pregnancy, there is also a negative side to it if taken in excess. You should avoid this fruit in the situation of cold and cough because it cools the body and may increase the duration of the cold.

KEY TAKEAWAYS OF EATING AMLA DURING PREGNANCY

1. Nutrition: Amla is a very nutritious fruit, and one can easily get it in India. It is healthy to add this fruit to the diet of the pregnant woman.

2. Daily Requirement: A pregnant woman should eat only 1 or 2 Amlas in a day because excess of anything is bad for the health, and excess of Amla can lead to diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion.

3. Highly Recommended: Amla is a good fruit to eat during pregnancy but always consult with your doctor before modifying your diet during pregnancy.

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