Aloe Vera and Pregnancy
Drinking Aloe Vera during pregnancy
There are various opinions on the use of Aloe Vera and pregnancy, however, drinking Aloe Vera Juice/Gel is not recommended during either pregnancy or breastfeeding. There are concerns that aloe vera could cause cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and possible stimulation of uterine contractions so, despite the potential benefits of aloe vera at other times of life, it would be highly recommended to seek medical advice before drinking aloe vera during pregnancy.
What to Eat When You Are Pregnant
Most importantly, during pregnancy it is necessary to eat a well-balanced diet including sufficient vitamins and minerals (especially sufficient iron, calcium and folate). Pregnant women are advised to take daily supplements of Vitamin B12 and of folic acid though supplements containing vitamin A as well as food rich in vitamin A (e.g. liver or liver products) should be avoided. Additionally, some fish (i.e. shark, swordfish and marlin) should be avoided and the it is advised not to consume more than 2 portions of oily fish per week due to the levels of potential contaminants in these fish. A supplement of fish oil is recommended.
Acne Treatments During Pregnancy
A topical aloe vera acne treatment during pregnancy is unlikely to be harmful but due to the importance of pregnancy, it is recommended that consultation with a doctor or practitioner is undertaken even before commencing any course of natural skincare treatment, vitamin supplements or nutritional programme.
Stretch Marks During Pregnancy
Aloe Vera has been shown to provide a natural way to reduce stretch marks after pregnancy.