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Spices that You Should Not Eat During Pregnancy

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An expectant woman should be very careful with what she eats before delivering her baby. This is because what she eats directly affects her health and that of the baby. While most women only concentrate on the foods they eat, studies have shown that the spices used in the preparation of different meals also have a big role to play. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some of the spices used can interfere with the health of the foetus and that of the mother. 

One of the spices that a pregnant woman should stay away from is garlic. The American Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that garlic has some content of toxic compounds that when consumed in high quantities can interfere with the health of the foetus. It can also make heartburn worse for a woman who is pregnant making her uncomfortable most of the times. 

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Another notorious spice according to WHO is peppermint. Peppermint is highly discouraged during pregnancy as it can relax the uterine walls making it easy for a miscarriage to take place. Large amount of peppermint also has the ability to trigger menstruation even when a woman is expecting and this can harm the foetus. 

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Additionally, a spice known as angelica has got blood thinning properties and is not good if consumed by a pregnant woman. It is advisable that a pregnant woman be very keen with whatever thing she consumes as failing to do so can put their health and that of the foetus at risk.  

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