Cowberry is an evergreen shrub that grows in forests and swamps. Long since the berries and leaves of this plant were considered the best medicine for all diseases. Regular use of cranberries - the best prevention of many ailments. But is it possible to consume cranberries during pregnancy? After all, the body of a woman who is carrying a child is unpredictable in its reaction to seemingly ordinary food, and even useful cowberry can adversely affect the health of the future mother.
What is useful for lingonberries?
Before giving an answer to the question, can cranberries be pregnant or not, let's find out what is so useful to this representative of the flora. Very often cranberries are called a plant of immortality. This is due to the fact that berries and leaves of this shrub are rich in vitamins, minerals and other useful substances. Let's enumerate what elements useful for health contain berries of cranberries:
- vitamins: В2, В1, А, С, Е;
- minerals: manganese, sodium, iron, phosphorus, mag
- organic acids: lactic, salicylic, tartaric, benzoic, malic, citric;
- carotene, pectin, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, proteins.
Cowberry leaves do not lag behind berries in the number of substances that have a beneficial effect on health: they contain a lot of vitamin C, tannins, linoleic, tartaric, quinic, carboxylic acids.
With so many elements useful in the cowberry, its calorie content is only 46 calories per 100 grams of berries. Therefore, regular use of cranberries does not contribute to weight gain.
Based on the fact that berries and cranberry leaves are rich in substances that are beneficial to health, and the future mother needs a lot of vitamins and minerals, we can conclude that the use of cranberries during pregnancy will help the woman's body to cope with the ever increasing load. Let's consider what exactly is the benefit of cranberries for a future mother.
From berries cranberries make juice and mors. And it should be noted that the studies have proved hypoallergenic of these drinks. And this is very important, because during the period of gestation the body of a woman can "respond" to an allergy even to the most usual and usual products. Carotene, in large quantities contained in berries, has a beneficial effect on eyesight. Vitamin C helps to strengthen weakened immunity and is an excellent antioxidant. And vitamins of group B favorably influence nervous system of the future mum. Vitamin E is a source of energy and helps the body of the future mother to cope with all the stresses. As you can see, pregnant cow can and should be pregnant.
Drinking berries, juice or mors from cowberries will help to reduce elevated body temperature, normalizes arterial pressure in hypertensive patients( at the initial stage of the disease), relieves stomach pain, promotes expectoration of sputum in respiratory diseases. And thereby relieve the need to take medications.
Cowberry leaf during pregnancy
Separately, I want to say about the use of cranberry leaf during pregnancy. Cowberry leaves are used not only in fresh, but also in dried form. Decoctions of cowberry leaves have immunostimulating, restorative, astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, choleretic action. Traditional medicine recommends taking decoction from the leaves of cranberries in violation of metabolic processes in the body, with increased fragility of capillaries and vessels, with diseases of the lungs, liver, bladder, kidneys, with diseases in the oral cavity. If you brew a cranberry leaf during pregnancy after 30 weeks and drink the broth regularly, you can avoid the appearance of edema, as well as all the useful properties of cowberry has also a diuretic effect.
Here is one of the recipes for preparing broth from cowberry leaves:
- 2 tablespoons of crushed leaves are poured into a saucepan and poured into 200 ml.boiling water.
- The pan is put on a water bath for 30 minutes.
- The broth is cooled and filtered.
Take decoction of cowberry leaves is recommended before eating, 2-3 times a day for 50 ml.
Cowberry during pregnancy: contraindications
Despite the fact that cowberries can be pregnant and lactating women, there are contraindications to the use of this product. As can be seen from the above, lingonberry is not only a storehouse of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, but also a medicinal product. And as we all know, one can not take these medications without control, even if they are of natural origin.
Cowberry in pregnancy is contraindicated in women suffering from hypotension or prone to lowering blood pressure. Since the use of cranberry berries, juice or mors may lead to the fact that the lowered pressure will further decrease.
With caution should take a decoction of cranberries to future mothers who have disrupted the work of the kidneys. This drink has a diuretic effect, which will increase the burden on sick kidneys, and lead to complication of pregnancy. Also, you can not consume cowberries to women whose urine has been found so-called sand( urata of small size).
Among contra-indications of cowberry in pregnancy are diseases of the gastrointestinal tract( gastrointestinal tract): gastritis, ulcer of the duodenum and stomach. Reception of cowberry berries, drinks and dishes will cause increased secretion in the digestive tract, which can cause diarrhea. It is not recommended to eat cranberries with cholecystitis, reduced blood clotting and a tendency to bleeding.
As you can see, before you start taking meals and drinks from berries and cowberry leaves during pregnancy, a woman should consult a doctor if this useful plant will have a negative effect on her health. As by ignorance, the future mother can harm her health, and this, of course, will affect the development of the baby.
Cowberry - a curative plant, but only if you consume its berries and leaves with good sense, in reasonable doses and after consulting a doctor.