During pregnancy, all of us with what we taste, smell, touch, see or hear should aid in developing a healthy baby with a sound mind. Ayurveda enhances this thought and advocates for following an Ayurvedic lifestyle if practice like Amla during pregnancy will definitely benefit both mother and child.
According to Ayurveda, the Indian gooseberry or Amla during pregnancy has an inevitable role throughout this period of a woman. Its benefits are also passed down to us from our older generations. It is the main ingredient of many of the Ayurvedic medicines like chyavanaprash, arista, choornas, etc. Although not much appealing in its flavour, we all would have tasted this “wonder fruit” because it is very commonly available in India. One of the best things about this winter fruit is that we are able to use its benefits throughout the year. This is possible because its nutritional value does not get destroyed even if it is stored in powdered form. Amla is an excellent blood purifier and is wise to take it throughout your pregnancy as it helps to stay detoxified. Another great thing about Amla is it does not have any side effects. So it is safe to eat Amla during pregnancy. Other names of Amla include ‘Usiri Kaya’ in Telugu, ‘Nellikai’ in Tamil, ‘Nelli’ in Malayalam, ‘Avala’ in Marathi, ‘Amlaki / Amala’ in Bengali and ‘Anla’ in Oriya.
Benefits Of Eating It During Pregnancy
Amla is an excellent source of Vitamin C, with ample fibre and potassium. In this article, we present the advantages of eating Amla during pregnancy. Amla is highly noted for its rejuvenating properties. Not only it is packed with vitamins and minerals, but it is also rich in antioxidants and dietary fibre.
Helps to relieve from fatigue and tiredness: Amla is known for its excellent rejuvenating property. This will help in regenerating energy in the cells, thus reducing the tiredness. Drinking amla juice or eating Amla has been proven to reduce the morning sickness and is good for the health of teeth. Its sweet and sour taste helps to diminish the nauseating feeling throughout the early trimester of pregnancy
Preventing constipation: Amla is high in fibre and we can also say it is a moderate laxative. This helps to regularize the bowel movements and prevent constipation which is a common problem during pregnancy. Read more about constipation during pregnancy here
Improves digestion: Amla is found to stimulate the production of gastric juices, therefore, improving the digestion and permit the absorption of more nutrients. Eating Amla regularly during pregnancy helps you out of usual pregnancy problems like indigestion and gas formation
Enhancing immunity: The anti-bacterial property of Amla and its high vitamin C content helps to fight the infections from the common cold to urinary tract infection usually show up during the pregnancy
Maintaining normal blood pressure: Vitamin C than found in abundance in this berry makes the blood vessels dilate thus helps in sustaining normal blood pressure
Eradicating anemia: Amla is a rich source of vitamin C and iron. With the help of vitamin C, iron gets absorbed easily by the blood and, therefore, hemoglobin level is well maintained. So, daily eating Amla will help to fight anaemia
Detoxification: Intake of Amla during pregnancy helps in increasing the frequency and quantity of urination because of its high water content. This berry also has antioxidant properties which help to eliminate the free radicals. This helps in flushing out the toxins from the body.
Helps In Edema: Amla has anti-inflammatory property. Thus, regular consumption of Amla during pregnancy helps to reduce the swelling of hands and feet during pregnancy. Read more about edema here
Helps to eliminate gestational diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a condition found during pregnancy when pregnancy hormones interfere with the action of insulin in the mother’s body. This results in development of diabetes in mother who doesn’t have a previous history of diabetics. The anti-diabetic quality of gooseberry will help in reducing the chances of getting gestational diabetes. Read more on gestational diabetes here
Amla is high in calcium: Calcium content of the fruit is quite noticeable. Calcium is essential for the development of your baby’s teeth and bones. Required calcium for your baby is extracted from your bones. This shows the necessity of immediate calcium supplement the doctor prescribes for you. Regular consumption of gooseberry itself satisfies sufficient intake of calcium
Some of the other benefits of eating Amla during pregnancy are:
Consuming amla juice is said to improve the brainpower of fetus, although it is not scientifically proven yet
It is said that if you eat Amla regularly during pregnancy the chances of undergoing preterm labour decreases
Amla helps to maintain the perfect lipid profile which is highly favourable during pregnancy
Is It Safe To Drink Amla Juice During Pregnancy?
Yes, drinking amla juice is considered safe during the course of pregnancy. However, the packaged Amla juice available in the market is either sweetened or has added preservatives; both are not preferred when you are pregnant. You can crush its pulp and prepare amla juice at home itself. Mix it with the same amount of water and consume. Five to ten ml of amla juice per day is enough for a pregnant woman. If you still do buy amla juice from outside, make sure you buy from a reputed brand and that the package has been stored properly. Do not buy locally made juice packs and check the expiry/best before dates, seal and manufacturing. Remember, packaged foods contain less nutrition than fresh foods, and Amla is no exception.
Indian Gooseberry Over Ginger For Problems Of Indigestion During Pregnancy
It is true that ginger helps to cure indigestion problems and gas formation. But ginger has a warming effect whereas gooseberry has a cooling effect on your body. During pregnancy, foods that induce heat in the body are usually said to be avoided. You can read more on heat-inducing foods during pregnancy here. Hence, it is recommended to eat gooseberries for the gastric issues that arise during pregnancy.
How Much Can Amla Be Eaten Daily In Pregnancy?
Two fresh Amla during pregnancy per day won’t do any harm. If you are taking Amla in powder form, 4gms – that is equal to one teaspoon – daily is enough.
Can I Eat Cooked Amla?
Boiling the Indian gooseberries before eating is not appreciated because all the vital nutrients will get lost through this process. If you prefer not to eat raw amla fruit, then opt for steaming. But we suggest eating raw gooseberries or drinking Amla juice which is fully beneficial. If you don’t like it mix one to two teaspoon of the amla powder in some water and drink it. Amla powder retains all the goodness of fresh Amla. You can powder-dry Amla in your house itself and store in an airtight container. This will guarantee its quality.
When Should I Avoid Eating Amla During Pregnancy?
Amla has no side effects. But it is recommended not to eat Amla during pregnancy if you are suffering from diarrhoea for some reasons or if you already have a cold or a cough. This is because as Amla is a moderate laxative, eating it when you have loose motions is not a good idea. Same way, as Amla has the cooling effect on your body, which is not good when your body is already being affected by a cold or a cough. I hope you have a healthy and happy pregnancy.