Benefits and harm of rhubarb during pregnancy
This plant contains vitamins B, vitamins C, E, R, K. Of organic acids in the rhubarb there are amber and oxalic, malic and citric. There are pectins in it. In 100 grams of this plant product contains only 25 kilocalories.
For future mothers, rhubarb is useful because it is a rich source of vitamin K, which is important for thickening the blood, preventing brain hemorrhage in the fetus during birth.
Rhubarb stems are a good healer for women suffering during the carrying of a baby high blood pressure. Hypertension during pregnancy can threaten preeclampsia and cause underweight in a child due to poor blood supply and nutrition through the placenta. In this case, the use of rhubarb will help the expectant mother to stabilize the pressure and make it absolutely safe.
Studies of Chinese scientists have proved, that the rhubarb effectively reduces cholesterol, which is equally important for pregnant women.
High calcium content in the rhubarb promotes the healthy formation of the musculoskeletal system of the baby, the strength of the teeth of the mother and prevents the washing out of calcium from them. Pregnant daily requires up to 1000 mg of calcium. One cup of rhubarb contains 348 mg of this mineral. So, along with cottage cheese, fish and other products, rhubarb will help to form a healthy fetal bone system.
Regular use of plant stems strengthens the immunity of pregnant women, helps to avoid viruses and colds.
If the rhubarb is used in small doses, it will act as a remedy for diarrhea, and in large - as a laxative.
Vitamin A in the rhubarb is responsible for the health of the woman's skin, her eyes. Iron in the plant contains more than in apples, which means support for hemoglobin at the proper level and an obstacle to hypoxia of the fetus. Together with magnesium in the rhubarb, iron strengthens the nervous system and improves sleep of the pregnant woman.
Thanks to succinic acid, rhubarb will serve as a restorative and anti-inflammatory agent. If a woman in the third trimester gained excess weight, then reduce it will help just the use of rhubarb. He is rich in fiber, which causes a feeling of saturation in the stomach, normalizes metabolism.
As for the harm of rhubarb in pregnancy, it can increase the tone of the uterus in large numbers, increase its contractions, which eventually provokes miscarriage.
Possible use of rhubarb in pregnancy
For pregnant women, rhubarb can be used both as a natural laxative and as a remedy for diarrhea. It all depends on the dosage. So, as a laxative, powder from the roots of rhubarb is used in a dose of up to 2 grams per night or a decoction of half a glass. And in a dosage of 0, 5 grams of powder from rhubarb roots are used in pregnancy as a fixative. Future mothers may suffer from constipation and diarrhea.
As a cholagogue during pregnancy, you can use infusion from the collection of the roots of such herbs: rhubarb, barberry and dandelion. They should be poured in equal proportions with two glasses of steep boiling water, insist 25 minutes, strain, consume half a glass 20 minutes before meals before each meal. The use of this cholagogue during pregnancy should always be agreed with the attending physician.
In pregnancy, rhubarb can be used externally. So, with burns, it is necessary to apply a mixture of rhubarb and honey to the site of skin inflammation, often to compress compresses. Such a therapeutic mixture eliminates not only pain, but also traces of a burn.