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Spices to avoid during pregnancy

Alternative Text By: Rahul Makkar | February 20, 2019

Like every kind of food out there, spices have their own skill set. They can provide some amazing benefits to your health. However, the benefits in question also are a result of your health conditions. Same is the case of spices.

There are a few spices that have some really good effects on your health when had during pregnancy, but the same cannot be said for all of them.

There are a few spices in particular that pregnant women need to steer clear from.


Asafoetida might not be a great idea to consume during pregnancy. It is one spice that is used almost daily in every household across India. Asafoetida is known to lead to miscarriage as it acts as a contraceptive.

Apart from this, the spice can also lead to an increase in blood loss.

Peppermint Tea:

Peppermint tea is known to relax the muscles in the uterus. This might result in miscarriages. Drinking peppermint tea or consuming anything with peppermint in it can lead to issues during pregnancy.

Also, take care not to apply any peppermint oil topically as it could lead to the onset of menstruation during pregnancy, so read the components of any creams that you might be applying to make sure it does not contain peppermint.

Fenugreek/Methi Seeds:

It has been found that when fenugreek seeds are ingested during pregnancy, then it ends up causing issues like bloating, gas and even diarrhoea. Fenugreek seeds also result in a sort of stimulant effect on the uterus and thus is advisable that pregnant women are kept away from it.

Other than this, fenugreek seeds, in high doses have also been known to cause growth retardation in children.


Of course, garlic has many health benefits when consumed in moderation. However, garlic does contain many, strong substances that can be more or less toxic for pregnant women. If had in a large quantity, then garlic can also cause issues like heartburn and bleeding.

So the next time you eat your food or make it, avoid the spices listed here because a little caution will go a long way to ensure a healthier and safer pregnancy for the mother and the child as well.

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