Most pregnant women express doubts about the safety and efficacy of medicinal herbs and supplements during pregnancy. While some herbs and drugs have been known be greatly beneficial, some are however harmful and especially during pregnancy. The case for cinnamon is no exclusive issue.
Cinnamon is a medicinal herb that has been used for centuries in the past and continues to be used even today. It is known to treat indigestion problems, colds, bloating, diabetes and several other diseases. Although the product is considered safe for culinary purposes and also when cooking or baking, intake of large amounts of cinnamon can be harmful during pregnancy. So why is cinnamon and cinnamon products dangerous during pregnancy?
The intake of large quantities of cinnamon induces uterine contractions which can consequently result in to a miscarriage or premature child birth. Large doses of cinnamon have been proved to cause depression of the nervous system which could affect the intelligence of the baby after birth. Moreover, excess consumption of cinnamon may also cause increased rates of heartbeat which is very precarious to pregnant women-themselves and the baby. Cinnamon contains an anti-clotting factor and may interfere with the blood circulation systems of the mother and her baby. A severe allergic reaction could occur if large dosages of cinnamon are ingested during pregnancy. It could cause you to experience difficulty in breathing, hives or rashes, facial swelling as a result of continued usage of this medicinal herb. The allergic reaction may lower your blood pressure and consequently reduce blood supply to the unborn baby. The consequent lack of oxygen to the baby will ultimately result to her death.
Furthermore, large intake of cinnamon and cinnamon products has been proved to affect the childs intelligence and behavior while they are growing up. According to surveys, children of mothers who used to take cinnamon in considerable amounts prior to their birth tend to have attention and disruptive behavior such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This is attributable to the fact that cinnamon disturbs the placenta inhibiting the passage of stress and other hormones to the unborn baby. This deters brain development in children and has been associated with such behavioral disorder in children.
As seen here above, the dangers of taking colossal amounts of cinnamon and cinnamon products are many and sometimes severe. Hitherto, safe doses of cinnamon during pregnancy have not been established but pregnant women are advised to take one to four grams of cinnamon if they must. However, you should consult your doctor to protect yourself and your baby during and after pregnancy.