Amla (Indian Gooseberry) During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a stage where women can't afford to eat anything and everything because the foods that women eat during pregnancy can affect the health of the baby as well.

During pregnancy, all of us wish what we taste, smell, touch, see or hear should aid in developing a healthy baby with a sound mind. Ayurveda enhances this thought and advocates for following an Ayurvedic lifestyle if practiced during pregnancy will definitely benefit both mother and child.

According to Ayurveda , amla or the Indian gooseberry, has an inevitable role throughout the pregnancy period of a woman. Its benefits are also passed down to us from our older generations. It is the main ingredient of many of the Ayurvedic medicines like chyavanaprash, arishta, choornas, etc. Although not much appealing in its flavor, we all would have tasted this “wonder fruit” because it is very commonly available in India.

Amla is an excellent blood purifier and is wise to take it throughout your pregnancy as it helps to stay detoxified. Another great thing about amla is it does not have any side effects. So it is safe to eat amla during pregnancy.

Benefits Of Amla During Pregnancy:

Amla is an excellent source of Vitamin C, with ample fiber and potassium. In this article, we present the advantages of eating amla during the period of conception. Amla is highly noted for its rejuvenating properties. Not only it is packed with vitamins and minerals but it is also rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre.

  • Helps to relieve from fatigue and tiredness: Amla is known for its excellent rejuvenating property. This will help in regenerating energy in the cells thus reducing the tiredness. Drinking amla juice or eating amla has been proven to reduce the morning sickness and is good for the health of teeth. Its sweet and sour taste helps to diminish the nauseating feeling throughout the early trimester of pregnancy
  • Preventing constipation: Amla is high in fibre and we can also say it is a moderate laxative. This helps to regularize the bowel movements and prevent constipation which is a common problem during pregnancy.
  • Improves digestion: Amla is found to stimulate the production of gastric juices, therefore, improving the digestion and permit the absorption of more nutrients. Eating amla regularly during pregnancy helps you out of usual pregnancy problems like indigestion and gas formation
  • Enhancing immunity: The anti-bacterial property of amla and its high vitamin C content helps to fight the infections from common cold to urinary tract infection usually show up during the pregnancy
  • Maintaining normal blood pressure: Vitamin C that found in abundance in this berry makes the blood vessels dilate thus helps in sustaining normal blood pressure
  • Eradicating anemia: Amla is a rich source of vitamin C and iron. With the help of vitamin C, iron gets absorbed easily by the blood and, therefore, hemoglobin level is well maintained. So, eating amla daily helps to fight anemia
  • Detoxification: Intake of amla helps in increasing the frequency and quantity of urination because of its high water content. This berry also has antioxidant properties which help to eliminate the free radicals. This helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.
  • Helps In Edema: Amla has anti-inflammatory property. Thus, regular consumption of amla helps to reduce the swelling of hands and feet during pregnancy.
  • Helps to eliminate gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition found during pregnancy when pregnancy hormones interfere with the action of insulin in the mother’s body. This results in development of diabetes in mother who doesn’t have a previous history of diabetics. The anti-diabetic quality of gooseberry will help in reducing the chances of getting gestational diabetes. Read more on gestational diabetes here
  • Amla is high in calcium: Calcium content of the fruit is quite noticeable. Calcium is essential for the development of your baby’s teeth and bones. Required calcium for your baby is extracted from your bones. This shows the necessity of immediate calcium supplement the doctor prescribes for you. Regular consumption of gooseberry itself satisfies sufficient intake of calcium
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