Is Bitter Gourd Safe During Pregnancy?

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Some women do not know whether to eat bitter gourd during pregnancy or not. In this article you may get the information about it.

While thinking of bitter gourd, the first thing came in mind is its strong and bitter taste. Bitter Gourd is also recognized as Bitter melon or balsam pear but commonly called as Karela and since a long time it is used for cooking. Due to its properties in India and South East Asia, it is particularly established as a folk medicine. Bitter gourd belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and is identified with different names all over the world. There are two varieties of bitter gourd, dark green variety and the oblong pale green variety. Bitter gourd has a very bitter taste so it is frequently used in drinks or combined with other fruits or even coated with sugar for those that are not happy with the taste.

 Is Bitter Gourd Safe During Pregnancy?

Bitter gourd contains nearly all the essential nutrients necessary by human beings. Nutrients such as phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and zinc are present in bitter gourd. It is also among the best-known sources of thiamine, foliate and riboflavin. Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and Vitamin C are included in its vitamin content and it is also a rich source of calcium, iron and beta-carotene. Bitter gourd seeds and fruits have great nutritional value but by cooking its nutritional value decreases. People suffering from diabetes, bitter gourd is very advantageous for them. Consuming bitter gourd daily on an empty stomach is found very good and effective but excessive consumption may lead to diarrhea and other stomach problems.It is not suggested to take bitter gourd for the first time during pregnancy, if you haven’t successfully used it well before pregnancy. Abdominal cramping and other gastric consequences can be caused by bitter gourd. When people introduce bitter gourd into their diet, they experience severe gas, bloating or diarrhea. Nutritionally, you will get about 50% of your Vitamin C needs from raw bitter melon. Bitter melon can be considered a good source of nutrition when used as an ingredient or an additive, with 2 grams of dietary fiber and very low fat content. Talk to your physician before using bitter melon as a remedy if you have diabetes. You should be aware that consuming bitter may lower your blood glucose to an unhealthy degree if you don’t have diabetes or gestational diabetes.

The seeds have vicine so it can trigger symptoms of favism in susceptible individuals. Also, the red arils of the seeds are reported to be toxic to children and end pregnancies. The fruit has been recognized to stimulate activity in the uterus and could lead to pre-term labor. Breast-feeding women should also refrain from taking bitter melon, as the chemicals in the fruit can be transferred through breast milk. Effects of the bitter melon on children can be harmful. So bitter gourd in any form should be avoided to the pregnant women.


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11 Comments
  1. Megan Says:

    there r a lot of green veg vih is gud…..then y bitter gourd? i don’t wann to take any risk so m not having it!

  2. Kevin Says:

    i loveee d bitter gourd curry!!

  3. Charlie Says:

    i wonder…really bitter gourd are not safe for pregnant women???

  4. Lana Ling Says:

    I’ve been eating this Veg. since I’m 2 and now pregnant. I’m Asian so we eat this at home all the time. It safe it just like any-other veg. My mother in-law cook this twice a week to eat. It really help with morning sickness.

  5. Jewel Says:

    Lana Ling, thank you for making this comment. I’m 14 weeks and I’ve been eating pickled bitter melon (soaked with rice vinegar with little bit of salt). It was a relief after reading your statement. Looks like I’m going to keep eating it.

  6. shweta Says:

    i ve been eating bitter melon once a week and i m 15 weeks and i m really surprised reading this.. but i also read somewhere that bitter melon juice is one of the best home remedy for many pregnancy sickness….now i am confused!!! :S

  7. Swetha Says:

    I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with my first…nd I ve started craving for spicy bittergourd curry and I am having it twice a week…now I must say I am really surprised and confused after reading this….I need more information on if it induces premature labour…I ve not heard anything like that before…I plan to ask my doctor on my next visit…

  8. erica Says:

    I ate at least 2 times bitter gourd during my pregnancy,I am now on my 2nd trimester. I just learned that eating bitter gourd is not suggested during pregnancy ;( will that have any effects on my baby? ;(

  9. Lainee Says:

    im 27weeks, diagnosed with severe GDM and im on insulin jabs 4x a day. ive been actively seekin advice on reducing my sugar level but nt succeeded till now. dows anyone kno if its is safe to consume bitter gourd or bitter melon for those who are diagnosed wit GDM during pregnancy. i also have a family background with diabetes.

    please help. thank u in advance.

    -Lainee-

  10. nafisa Says:

    i am 6 months pregnant and i have sugar level high, can i consume bitter juice to reduce sugar level ?? please suggest

  11. saranyakannan Says:

    Hi.I’m in third month pregnancy period.I m very interested to eat bittergourd.but somebody says it’s not good for health during period. Somebody says it’s good for health.what can I do.taking r not.suggess me.

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