Benefits of Saffron during Pregnancy
Traditionally, saffron is proven to have healing effects, particularly for pregnant mothers and their infants. In ancient periods, pregnant women were given food mixed with this particular herb to eat so as to produce beautiful children. Nowadays, more women are now taking saffron during pregnancy because of the following benefits:
- The antispasmodic effects of saffron benefit pregnant women through alleviating several health issues. Saffron assists in providing relief from stomach aches as well as renal colic complications. Saffron improves digestion and enhances a pregnant woman’s appetite. Better digestion usually means that the infant will also get better minerals and vitamins from the mother.
- Aside from purifying blood, studies show that saffron can aid in reducing blood pressure and mood swings. Pregnant women with hypertension are therefore going to benefit from taking saffron. In addition, saffron consumption lowers the common mood swings linked to pregnancy.
- Saffron may be ingested during pregnancy so as to increase body temperature. The increase in temperature helps in preventing the mother from getting infected with a cough or cold.
- Not proven, but you may find elders advise you to drink a glass of saffron milk every day to give your baby fair skin.
When and how should pregnant women consume saffron?
Pregnant mothers should take it between five and nine months
One common method of taking saffron in pregnancy is through mixing it in milk.
It is best to add just one or two strands of saffron to a glass of milk during pregnancy.
It is also safe to use a few strands of saffron in your cooking. Milk is a great source of proteins and calcium; the intake of milk with saffron for pregnant mothers will assist their babies to build strong bones and also become smarter.
Use saffron in moderation, taking more saffron than the recommended amount or consuming it without diluting it may cause the saffron to act as a uterine stimulant and cause contractions, as well as skin eruptions and heavy discharge.