Honey has long been known for its healing properties. This delicious treat can help a person in the treatment of many diseases. And, unlike drugs, it has basically no side effects and contraindications, so expecting mothers like to chew honey and use this product to treat various diseases. But is honey completely safe during pregnancy? After all, during the period of carrying a child, a woman needs to very competently select the products for her diet. Consider whether it is possible to get pregnant with honey, and how to properly consume this product during pregnancy.
Properties of honey
Honey contains more than 70 nutrients which are needed by the human body for normal development. Vitamin composition of honey is very diverse. It contains vitamins C, K, E, vitamins B and carotene. But the main thing is that the combination of vitamins in honey is in the best ratio with mineral salts, which greatly increases their digestibility and biological activity.
Honey contains many micro-and macro elements that have a beneficial effect on the human body:
- iron is necessary for the circulatory system and cellular respiration;
- potassium positively affects the work of the heart;
- calcium is an element of bone tissue;
- copper activates the oxidative processes in the body;
- nickel is needed to accelerate the regeneration of blood cells;
- manganese participates in the synthesis of vitamin C, the work of the adrenal glands;
- Magnesium increases the immunity required for normal functioning of the nervous system.
In addition, honey contains a large amount of fructose (40%) and glucose (35%). These substances improve the supply of cardiac muscle, the work of the nervous system and the metabolism of the body.
Many properties of honey are not yet fully researched. However, it is known that it has cardioprotective, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antihypertensive, antifungal effects. Honey is also useful during pregnancy because it has a positive effect on the reproductive system.
The future mother needs essential nutrients, vitamins and trace elements. Honey is capable of providing a woman to many of them. In addition, this medicinal product can relieve the woman of some conditions that accompany her pregnancy.
So, many women in a particular condition are suffering from toxicosis, which is characterized by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, intolerance to some odors. And here they will come to the rescue with honey. Some pregnant women just eat a spoon of honey on an empty stomach, while others add a spoon of tea honey and a few drops of lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Such drink is drunk on an empty stomach, right after awakening.
Often a pregnant woman has problems with the digestive system in the form of constipation, flatulence and bloating. In this case, she is recommended to take honey 2-3 teaspoons 20-30 minutes before eating thrice a day. Honey contains enzymes that improve the functioning of all organs of the digestive tract, relieve abdominal discomfort.
Often the future mother suffers from irritability, insomnia. In this case, they can use honey and milk during pregnancy. Every night dissolve a spoonful of honey in a glass of warm milk and drink before going to bed. Such milk provides a relaxing, soothing, immune-stimulating effect.
Honey is a very valuable and useful food product. But, at the same time, it is quite allergenic. Therefore, if a woman has a tendency to allergy, she should use honey very carefully. Even if before, a woman had no allergies to honey, during pregnancy, there is a risk of developing it. In addition, when excessive use of these delicacies in a child may develop a tendency to allergic reaction to honey. Therefore, it should be remembered that good is only what is used in the measure, and not to abuse honey.
Honey in pregnancy should be used with caution to women who are prone to low blood pressure. This product has the ability to reduce pressure. Well, of course, you need to be careful, and preferably after consulting a doctor, to take honey to those who suffer from diabetes or is overweight.
Treatment of honey during pregnancy
Experts indicate that different varieties of honey are slightly different from the content of nutrients, therefore it is recommended to use a certain variety for the treatment of certain diseases.
So, linden honey during pregnancy with a cold will have the strongest effect. It fights iruses and bacteria perfectly, and also effectively reduces body temperature. You can add a spoon of linden honey in herbal tea (from chamomile, mint).
In order to prevent infectious diseases, especially during the epidemic of influenza and SARS, May honey is good. This kind of honey helps to increase the immunity of the body and support the work of the cardiovascular system.
Often expecting mothers suffer from decrease of hemoglobin in blood. In this case, the doctor will recommend taking buckwheat honey. However, it's worth knowing that honey from buckwheat has a hypotensive effect, that is, it lowers blood pressure. Therefore, such a sweet medicine can be used only to those women who have no tendency to reduce pressure. If after consuming honey a woman has unusual symptoms and discomfort, she needs immediately to inform her doctor.