Plant and herbal teas, which we know are beneficial to human health, negatively affect our health when used incorrectly. Do you know how to use herbal teas during pregnancy?
The most commonly reported problems during pregnancy; morning nausea, fatigue, digestive problems, stomach burn, constipation, urinary infections and colds. Apart from these, there are drugs that the expectant mother has to use continuously for ongoing health problems such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or in a certain process for pain. However, during pregnancy, the use of natural products, including medicines and herbal teas, is avoided as much as possible in terms of the health of both the mother and the baby. Possible risks of drugs to be used during pregnancy; we can group the increasing low threat as abnormalities that can lead to the fetus. Especially in the first quarter, such issues are very important.
In fact, it is known that if the large number of spices or vegetables that we use in our daily diet are consumed in large quantities, it can increase uterine movements and lead to a low risk. For example, the indispensable flavor of our tables is a substance that can increase the risk of miscarriage in the apiol mother candidate found in parsley leaves. Therefore, pregnant women need to think a little while eating a baggy lemon parsley salad. There are spices or vegetables that we love so much that increase uterine movements; Basil, Cinnamon, Celery, Fennel, Garlic, Mate tea, Thyme, Turmeric, Nettle, Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Saffron, Daisy. But the key word here is “not exaggerating the amount.” For example, while garlic is normally used in foods, there is no risk, while it can increase the risk of low when used in therapeutic amounts to lower blood pressure and balance serum lipite levels. It is recommended to avoid using these spices or vegetables, which I consider, especially when the expectant mother is often faced with the low threat.
Stating that the quality of the plant products to be used during pregnancy is more important than ever, Yeşilada said, ‘the quality of the product is directly related to not only the health of the mother, but also the baby in the abdomen. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the quality of these plants, to provide reliable sources, to ensure that pesticide residues, heavy metals, radioactivity, environmental wastes and microbiological risks do not carry. In this regard, before using fresh fruit and vegetables, we wash and clean it thoroughly. We even use some special cleaning solutions. However, it is not possible to make such an application for herbal teas prepared with dried plants. Because all the useful content is lost with the washing water. Therefore, the quality of the herbal teas purchased during pregnancy should be ensured, and to be trusted that it is completely far from the above risks,’ he said.
In a study conducted by questioning technique in 578 people in Norway about herbal medicines used during pregnancy, 57.8 percent of respondents used herbal medicine during pregnancy. Herbal medicines were specifically used to prevent morning sickness, treat urinary infection and facilitate birth. About 60% of respondents were found to use ginger to prevent morning sickness and solve digestive problems. The use of ginger in the prevention of morning sickness is a common practice worldwide. Both its effectiveness and reliability have been confirmed by various clinical trials on a scientific scale. The overall amount applied in pregnant women is herbal tea prepared twice a day with half a gram of dry ginger. When used in this amount, there are no negative clinical reports. However, when used in amounts above 1 gram, it is reported that it can increase uterine movements and therefore increase the risk of miscarriage.
44% of those studying in Norway have been treated with urinary tract infections. Other plants involved in the study; blackberry leaf (24%) to facilitate birth, strengthen the uterus and reduce bleeding during childbirth [should never be used in the early period, after 8 months]; chamomile (to 13); medical mint (10%), echinacea (5%) to treat colds and support the immune system to facilitate morning sickness and digestion.
Chamomile is a reliable plant for both mothers and babies. In addition to its mild sedative effect, it may be recommended to use during pregnancy with degassing, edema remover properties. However, if the mother has a history of pollen allergy, she should never use chamomile. Another important consideration is that it is the right type of chamomile, i.e. may papaty or German papaty. Harmful substances (pyascoyin alkalitis) found in some daised plants collected by non-qualified persons lead to poisoning sparked by liver vessel blockage (HVO) in infants. Therefore, products sold in the open should be avoided, products of reliable companies should be used,’ he said.
The use of antibiotics and other drugs in infectious diseases developed during pregnancy is not preferred due to the possible risks. However, it is mandatory to use it when necessary for the health of the mother. In this regard, it would be a rational approach to prevent diseases as much as possible with simple measures during pregnancy. For this purpose, a few cloves are added to the Echinacea tea and drinking is generally considered safe during pregnancy. Again, a tea prepared with the fruit and flowers of the elderberry plant for colds can be useful. However, since echinacea is also a relative of the chamomile, caution should be exercised in those with pollen allergy.
There is no satisfactory data on which herbal products or even nutrients can be used safely during pregnancy. It should never be ruled out that every natural product, albeit in vegetative, can have some risks on both mother’s health and foetus when used in large quantities. Therefore, it would be the right approach not to apply the haphazard suggestions made by so-called experts in the environment or in written or visual media during these periods, albeit in vegetative. Other very important issues are; herbal teas should be preferred in reliable companies, plants sold in the open should never be used; the amount used should not be exaggerated,’ he said.