Jakarta – Garlic is a plant as well as an herb that grows almost all over the world and is a common ingredient used in various recipes. Do you know Mother? In addition to being a flavoring agent, garlic also has extraordinary medicinal properties for the health of the body, including mothers who are undergoing pregnancy. However, are pregnant women free to consume garlic? And what are the benefits of consuming garlic during pregnancy? Look at the following, yes Mother. Is it safe to eat garlic while pregnant? Garlic is safe to consume during pregnancy as long as it is in moderation. This is especially true for the first trimester of pregnancy. If you want to add garlic to your dish, make sure not to add too much as it can affect the health of the fetus in the first trimester. You should also be careful when including garlic in your diet in the second and third trimesters of your pregnancy. Because, eating too much garlic during this time can lower your blood pressure level and thin your blood. Therefore, if you want to know the safe amount of garlic that you can consume during pregnancy, you should consult a doctor so that it can be adjusted to the condition of your pregnancy. Side effects of eating garlic during pregnancy Although garlic is considered a healthy herb, in some cases, it can cause negative reactions. Here are some side effects to keep in mind when consuming garlic during pregnancy: 1. May increase the risk of bleeding Although garlic is considered safe for most people in amounts normally used in food, consuming large amounts can increase the risk of bleeding. These side effects can occur in pregnant and non-pregnant women. It’s important to keep this in mind if you’re taking blood-thinning medications or planning to have surgery. The increased risk of bleeding may come from the sulfur compound known as ajoene in garlic. Ajoene has been shown to inhibit platelet formation. Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body form clots to stop bleeding. Thus, taking garlic supplements may increase the risk of bleeding during labour, especially if a cesarean delivery is required. Banner for Ornamental Plants with Hydroponics/ Photo: HaiBunda/Mia 2. Can cause heartburn Eating garlic has been linked to heartburn and indigestion in some people, especially those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome. Pregnancy alone can increase the risk of heartburn, possibly due to a combination of hormonal changes and the physical stresses of a growing fetus. For some pregnant women, heartburn symptoms may be triggered or exacerbated by eating garlic or consuming garlic. So, if you experience heartburn after eating a dish containing garlic, you may find relief by limiting your intake. However, if you don’t experience any ill effects from adding this fragrant vegetable to your diet, you can still continue to eat it. Then, what are the benefits of garlic during pregnancy? See on the next page, yes Mother. Also check out the video about 7 fruits to prevent bleeding during pregnancy below.