7 Benefits of Eating Flaxseed During Pregnancy
“Is it okay to eat this?”, “Will my baby safe if I eat that?”, “Should I eat more or less of this?” Pregnancy is definitely a delicate time when you have to be careful about your diet and adopt safe food choices for your well-being and the baby’s too. Today our main question is: Is it safe to eat flaxseed during pregnancy?
There has been some debate about the utility and safety of consuming flaxseeds during pregnancy. Some doctors may advise you to avoid them due to concern that LARGE AMOUNTS can affect hormone levels during pregnancy. But the truth is, there has been no study that has been conducted on humans to show that eating flaxseeds during pregnancy is harmful. Rather, it has been found that moderate amounts of flaxseed are generally safe and, in fact, very beneficial during the prenatal period.
Since we recognize that there might still be moms-to-be out there are puzzled or concerned about consuming flaxseeds during pregnancy, we wanted to provide you with this helpful information –everything you need to know– benefits, recommended dosage, side effects…
Tip: Always check with your doctor about foods not to eat while pregnant.
What Are The Benefits Of Flaxseed During Pregnancy?
1. Contains vital nutrients:
Flaxseeds contain two essential fatty acids – linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acid that play a prominent role in brain and central-nervous system development of the unborn baby especially during the first trimester. Flaxseeds are actually considered the number one source of omega-3s among seeds!
2. Relieves pregnancy constipation:
Changes in your bowel movement patterns can plague your pregnancy. If you find yourself constipated, flaxseed or flaxseed meal may be your best friend. The little seeds are rich in insoluble fiber, which bulks up and triggers bowel movements and also prevent hemorrhoids. In addition to being a great natural laxative, the fiber can also help prevent hardening of the arteries by binding to cholesterol in your intestines, giving you long-term protection against heart disease.
3. Controls blood sugar levels:
It is common for blood sugar levels to rise during pregnancy, and flaxseeds can help control them. Chances of high birth weight and C-section deliveries can be reduced due to this.
4. Prevents cancers:
Lignans (phytonutrients) present in flaxseeds decrease the chances of breast and ovarian cancers.
5. Lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases:
Research findings show that flaxseeds help lower the bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and increase the good cholesterol levels (HDL). They are known to possess blood thinning properties, which reduce the risk of clogging in arteries.
6. Can reduce occurrence of hot flashes during pregnancy
7. Replenishes minerals:
Your body needs nutrients since they are being constantly consumed by you and the baby. Minerals like magnesium, selenium, and potassium are replenished when you include flaxseeds in your diet.
Safe Serving Sizes
Keep your intake to a moderate level — about 1 tablespoon per day, which provides 2.35 grams of ALA, exceeding the adequate daily intake for ALA of 1.4 grams set by the National Institutes of Health.
Possible Side Effects
– Allergic reactions: If you are allergic to nuts, watch out for symptoms such as swelling of lips, tightness in chest or breathing problems while consuming flax seeds.
– You might feel nauseous, and we guarantee that double nausea in the morning is not so comfortable if you have the intention to use flaxseeds in breakfast
– Unripe and Raw Flaxseed can cause you a sudden increase in blood pressure. Note: The flaxseed in Bundle Organics products are roasted in the baking process.
– Flatulence and bloating because of the high fiber content. We suggest you start with a small amount, such as one teaspoon, and slowly build yourself up to your intake goal.