Can pregnant woman eat cinnamon? See guidelines

During pregnancy, it is common to have many doubts and questions such as what is normal or what the woman should eat.

The cinnamon is an example of delicacy that should be avoided during this period. Also, the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) also does not advise ingestion. Do you want to know why? We tell you in the text.


What does cinnamon do in the womb?

Cinnamon, when consumed by a woman (pregnant or not), causes small contractions in the uterus, that is, it causes the muscular walls of this organ to retract and stretch.

These contractions can still cause bleeding in the vaginal canal and cramping. Therefore, cinnamon (mainly tea) is widely used to help menstruation to go down.

But be careful, if a woman suspects pregnancy, cinnamon tea should not be consumed, as it can end up causing an abortion.

If consumed in excess, cinnamon can still trigger allergic reactions on the skin and vaginal mucous membranes. When this happens, one of the most common symptoms is the presence of blood in the urine (hematuria).

Read more: What is cinnamon tea for?

Can pregnant woman eat cinnamon and ginger?

The big problem with this combination is the cinnamon that tends to cause contractions in the uterus, even if it is consumed in low quantities. But the ginger may be dangerous or not for pregnancy, depending on the amount that is consumed. Therefore, the rule is: avoid cinnamon and moderate the consumption of ginger.

For example, in excess, ginger can cause miscarriages and induce premature births.

However, if this root is consumed in moderation (a small slice a day), it can even bring benefits to pregnant women such as:

  • Relief from motion sickness;
  • Reduction of swelling;
  • Strengthening of the immune system;
  • Control of bad cholesterol (LDL).

I drank cinnamon tea and then found out I was pregnant what to do?

First of all, stay calm. Some women drink cinnamon tea without knowing they are pregnant and have no consequences.

When discovering pregnancy, the ideal is for the woman to consult a gynecologist and obstetrician to start prenatal care. In this first consultation, it is important to inform about the ingestion of cinnamon tea.

If you have symptoms such as severe pain, heavy bleeding and fever , the pregnant woman should seek an emergency medical service.

However, in small quantities there are no great risks, as there is no consensus on the effects of drinking on pregnancy. In general, in order to prevent greater risks, entities and many health professionals suggest avoiding drinking.

Is cinnamon in late pregnancy safe?

No. Pregnant women who consume cinnamon (either stick or powder) are more likely to have abortions (at the beginning of pregnancy) or premature births (in the final months of pregnancy). In addition, the child may be born with malformation, hyperactivity, attention deficit or aggressive behavior.

Why is cinnamon bad during pregnancy?

It is worth mentioning that for cinnamon to be bad, it needs to be ingested in large quantities. 

The big problem is that it is not yet known how much would make cinnamon dangerous for pregnancy.

Thus, to avoid risks, the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) and other bodies recommend that this ingredient be banned from the pregnant woman’s diet.

In excess, cinnamon can be harmful during pregnancy for some reasons.

First, she has substances (such as coumarin) that cause contractions in the uterus and vaginal bleeding, which can lead to spontaneous abortions and premature births (which, in addition to being a risk to the baby, can also compromise the mother’s life).

Another situation that can happen when eating cinnamon is the increase in blood flow. In pregnancy, this can be dangerous, as the heart rate is accelerated, bringing a feeling of malaise.

This can also cause restlessness and complications in the baby.

Some studies even say that cinnamon affects the baby’s central nervous system, thus causing malformation or alterations in cognitive development, in addition to favoring future aggressiveness and learning difficulties, for example.

Is cinnamon milk bad for pregnant women?

Again, the biggest complication of this mixture is cinnamon and it is because of it that this combination should be avoided during pregnancy.

In general, milk can be good or bad for pregnancy. It has benefits such as the presence of calcium that helps in the proper formation of the baby.

On the other hand, if ingested in excess, this drink can also be a villain because of the amount of fats that favor the increase of bad cholesterol (LDL) and cardiac complications (such as insufficiency and arrhythmia).

Thus, the ideal is to consume between 1 and 2 cups of milk per day. If possible, opt for skimmed options.

Cinnamon is a product that should not be consumed by pregnant women, as it can cause uterine contractions and cause vaginal bleeding.

In case of doubt, seek guidance from the obstetrician who accompanies the pregnancy.

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