Pregnancy is a normal occurrence for every woman of childbearing age. Being normal, though, doesn’t mean everything about it can be considered safe.
Childbearing since the beginning of time has always been a potential threat to a mother’s life. It is only over recent years that it’s ceased to be such a dangerous event. Thanks to fast-paced technology, childbirth-related deaths and complications have been reduced (although not totally eradicated).
Along with pregnancy comes a multitude of things that an expectant mother should avoid and foods that are not healthy for either the mother or the fetus.
One extremely common query concerns whether pregnant women should ingest apple cider vinegar.
In this article, we will enlighten you with some proven facts about this vinegar that is hailed as nature’s answer to a multitude of ailments.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is derived from the apple in its name.
The fruit is crushed and fermented to achieve its acid taste.
Apple cider has been used since time immemorial as a natural and beneficial cure for illnesses like osteoarthritis, skin diseases, varicose veins, spider veins, chronic ailments, hyperacidity, heartburns, leg cramps, bad breaths and obesity.
ACV is also a proven treatment for dandruff and a good skin exfoliant. It also serves for teeth whitening and helps in lowering blood sugar when taken before meals. There are reports that apple cider vinegar can suppress appetite and therefore is good for dieting. It can also be used as an inhaler to unclog nasal congestions.
Apple Cider for Pregnancy
- It is said that apple cider vinegar is safe for everyone’s daily use but how about for expecting mothers? Are they and their fetuses safe from taking this wonderful condiment on board?
Truth is, there are actually contradicting views about the safety of using apple cider vinegar during pregnancy.
Quite simply, some reports say apple cider vinegar is safe for consumption while others claim it will do harm to the baby itself.
Those who say it is alright to ingest ACV claim that plain, old apple cider vinegar will not do and that it should ideally be organic and pasteurized.
- According to these reports, ordinary and unpasteurized ACV will only cause potential side effects, miscarriages and birth defects in the baby. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar may also contain Escherichia Coli bacteria that might cause food poisoning and serious complications to the fetus such as infections.
Those who say it is not good for consumption hold to the viewpoint that apple cider vinegar, whether plain or pasteurized, will greatly affect the mother’s health as well as that of the baby’s itself. These are due to the simple reasons that ACV processing can be contaminated with such bacteria as E. Coli.
And, although pasteurization kills bacteria, it doesn’t guarantee that bacteria will still form after you start using it. Some suggest that, if kept in a refrigerator at a temperature lower than 40 degrees, bacteria will start to accumulate in ACV.
Since apple cider vinegar is fermented, it means it contains alcohol which is inadvisable for expectant mothers to consume in any kind of quantity.
Apple cider vinegar, they claim, will also reduce the efficacy of certain medications prescribed to the mother while pregnant. The acid content of the apple cider vinegar is also called into question because there are highly specific amounts of pH acidity required to be taken on during pregnancy.
- Important Note: Although apple cider vinegar is regarded by some studies as bad for consumption for pregnant women, it is generally safe to use it topically. ACV has proven highly beneficial for skin diseases, swelling of the legs, leg cramps, varicose and spider veins.
Safe Usage of Apple Cider Vinegar for Pregnancy
- Osteoarthritis: Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of hot water and rub on the aching parts.
- Skin diseases: To help fight against pimples and acne, just dab a bit of apple cider vinegar on the affected areas once a day after washing your face. Don’t put too much as its acid content might cause blisters to your pimples and worsen acne rather than help clear it up.
- Varicose/Spider Veins: These are a very common problem for pregnant moms. Put a small amount of ACV on cotton and dab it on the varicose or spider veins on your legs. Do this for a minute every day. You will see veins gradually disappear until they can be all but gone after just a month.
- Leg Cramps: Use apple cider vinegar as you would oil and lotion to your skin but dilute it with water as the acidity might burn the skin if undiluted.
- Dandruff: Make a mixture of 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle. Simply spray onto slightly damp hair after your shower. Massage scalp gently. Leave for at least 2 minutes then rinse off. Do this twice a week until dandruff is gone.
- Halitosis/Bad Breath: Use 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar as mouthwash. Add it to half a glass of water and gargle for 20 seconds.
- Important Note: Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and anti inflammatory content so is great for helping with swelling. These properties explain why it can eliminate the above-mentioned maladies. Its acidity also helps restore the moisture of skin that has gone oily due to acne and pimples or dry because of dandruff.
However healthy and beneficial a particular food or drink might be, it is always safest to check with your doctors before indulging in anything suspect.
Apple cider vinegar is safe in and of itself but not yet proven safe to ingest by pregnant women.
Do not just rely on online forums, hearsays or articles. Use this as part of your decision making but, as the saying goes, it is always better safe than sorry.
Consult with your doctor for any clarification. It’s always wise to get a medical opinion.
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