Pregnancy is that phase of your life when you have strange cravings but you need to watch out on what you eat. While we are sure about most of the foods that are a complete “no-no” during pregnancy, there are still some that may not clearly fit in any boundary. We may go shopping and suddenly have this craving for something sour and acetic, spot someone selling apple cider vinegar over the counter and feel fortunate to have found it just in time and then question pops—is it safe? In such times, it is best to consult your doctor instead of going by what friends and family recommend. Though there is not much evidence to prove that pregnant women must keep off apple cider vinegar. It is believed that apple cider vinegar is quite addictive and once fed, a pregnant woman keeps craving for it. Whether this is true or not, it’s safe to exercise caution as far as this drink is considered.
Apple cider vinegar is obtained from crushed and fermented apples. Fermentation makes it alcoholic first, which is then converted to acetic acid. Finally it is aerated and sold across the counters in two forms:
Pasteurization removes potentially harmful bacteria like E.coli. In its unpasteurized form, apple cider vinegar is available in several health stores and is believed to be healthy with all its enzymes intact. However, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar is not believed to go down well with pregnant women. It is known to cause childbirth complications and in certain cases, miscarriages as well. Sometimes, the effect is seen to last post-delivery also when apple cider vinegar lowers the impact of prescribed medicines on the baby.
Over the years, apple cider vinegar has proved to be beneficial for our health. It is said to provide relief from ailments such as obesity, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and other chronic illnesses. Consuming apple cider vinegar in its pasteurized form is known to benefit pregnant women in several ways. Some of them are:
With so much on the positive side, apple cider vinegar seems go well with pregnant women. But that’s not the complete truth. We know that unpasteurized foods in general are considered unsafe for pregnant women. The same holds true with apple cider vinegar too. Some of the risks are:
Some foods are known to be healthy, but at the same time need to be taken with caution. And when you are pregnant, you don’t want to make the slightest mistake, at least not in your diet. In such instances, the best solution is to go by what your doctor recommends. If there are foods that you wish to take, don’t go by what others tell you. What suits one may not suit the other and only your doctor knows your medical history and health condition, so it is best to consult him.
As far as apple cider vinegar is concerned, avoid supplements but go for the pasteurized safer version. You must watch out on the quantity you intake. In this way you do loose out on some of the benefits of vinegar but at the same time at least your craving is taken care of.