Fenugreek is widely used for increasing breast milk production, and some women are even taking it months before giving birth, they are preparing for the arrival of their newborn.
However, is fenugreek safe for pregnancy and more importantly, are all the rumors about fenugreek causing miscarriages founded?
The truth is that fenugreek should be avoided when pregnant, it is because fenugreek contains hormones that do resemble the hormones produced by the female body, they are called phytoestrogens and are the main reasons for increasing breast milk production in nursing women.
The problem doesn’t only lie with these hormones, they are completely safe for the female body, they are also extremely protective of the breasts and uterus tissues, but the main problem with these hormones is that they are going to flood the body, and mimic in their effects the natural female hormones, and we all know that during pregnancy, the female body relies on hormonal balance to keep things in order.
Many doctors believed that when pregnant women start taking huge amounts of fenugreek, the hormones in it are going to disturb the hormonal balance of the body and may cause troubles and even miscarriages!
Yes, fenugreek may cause miscarriages, but only if consumed in high amounts.
You have to understand that fenugreek is widely grown and widely consumed throughout the world, especially in India, the Middle East and North Africa.
Pregnant women are consuming fenugreek daily in these countries without ever suffering from miscarriages, but the problem lies with the amount, for example, small amounts of fenugreek found in curry preparations is completely safe, however taking fenugreek supplements or massive amounts of fenugreek, like two tablespoons a day may be extremely dangerous.
As a rule of thumb, when pregnant, do not exceed one teaspoon of ground fenugreek seeds a day.
Fenugreek is also responsible for increasing the oxytocin level in the bloodstream, and let me remind you that this neurotransmitter is responsible for increasing the contractions of the uterus, which is probably very bad for pregnancy, especially during the last months.
Although fenugreek seeds have been consumed for thousands of years by humans, you need to understand that when a woman is pregnant, she is going through some of the most critical times in her life, not because of the weakness of her fetus, but because her body is producing many different hormones which are essential to her well-being and that of her fetus as well.
And as shown throughout this post and also in many of my previous posts, fenugreek contains high amounts of phytoestrogens, well, most scientists agree that they are absolutely harmless to our health, but as explained before, because pregnant women are going through a difficult time, I highly recommend that you do not consume fenugreek seeds or fenugreek leaves in large amounts during pregnancy as it can lead to many difficulties and problems later on.
Yes, it’s true, fenugreek seeds contains high amounts of minerals, especially iron, and are a great source of protein, but I truly believe that pregnant women need to stay away from herbal remedies as much as possible, and let’s not forget that fenugreek seeds are very powerful herbal remedies as well, so, avoid them as much as possible, and although I have said that you can consume some every day, I need to warn you that each woman is different, and sometimes, not knowing what to expect when eaing something can be very dangerous, so, stay away from consuming fenugreek seeds or leaves when pregnant.