Cinnamon is a spice widely used to enhance flavors and flavor recipes. Furthermore, it is known for its antioxidant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. But it should be used during pregnancy only in controlled amounts. It is well known for its use in cooking as a flavoring for drinks or desserts. But if its consumption increases too much when integrating it into a recipe or when taking a large amount of a bark or oil of this spice, it can cause adverse effects. Safe consumption for adults is six grams per day. But although the recommended amount for pregnant women is not established, it is advisable to take less than that amount.
What are the side effects of cinnamon during pregnancy?
Although cinnamon is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, some studies do not recommend it for pregnant women.
When cinnamon is taken in excess, the following side effects can be experienced:
- In high doses it acts as an emmenagogue and it can potentially increase the risk of uterine contractions and preterm labor.
- When you are taking antibiotics or any other medication for underlying conditions, cinnamon should be avoided as it its anticoagulant effect is known. This can lead to excessive bleeding.
- It should also avoid taking cinnamon in the form of supplement, as it could lead to excessive sweating, stomach disorders, increased heart rate, and decreased blood sugar levels.
- Must be limiting the use of cinnamon during pregnancy even to season food. If taking it in small amounts still produces discomfort, it is advisable to completely suspend its use.
- Consuming more cinnamon than recommended can cause miscarriages, which is why many women use it to terminate their pregnancy, although this can be dangerous in most cases.
Precautions to follow when taking cinnamon
In some cases, symptoms of allergies to cinnamon have been observed during pregnancy. It is best to avoid it in these cases. This spice is best consumed fresh, the stock cinnamon as we find it in stores can be expired and cause health problems.
Doctors usually discontinue the use of cinnamon in the case of patients with high-risk pregnancies and previous instantaneous abortions. If cinnamon is consumed during pregnancy, it is advisable to choose the milder variants.
Artificial cinnamon flavorings should not be used as they are produced with chemicals. Cinnamon oil should not be used during pregnancy as it is highly concentrated and can be very harmful.