Having a pinch of Kesar or saffron with milk is beneficial for solving
digestive problems during pregnancy. Let us have a look at how and when you
should have Kesar during pregnancy.
Kesar or saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world that
has immense therapeutic properties. It has high nutritional content due to the
presence of Thiamine and Riboflavin. This medicinal herb is believed to be very
beneficial for pregnant women. There are various myths and beliefs across
segments of the races that are related to the immense beneficial properties of
this medicinal herb. Most believe that taking saffron with milk when you are
pregnant, will result in the birth of a very glowing and fair baby. This is not true, as the complexion of the baby is no way related to
the intake of saffron; however, there are several other benefits of taking in
saffron when you are pregnant.
Always a Pinch an No More
Kesar has to be taken in very small amounts; otherwise it can be harmful
for pregnant women. There have studies that have reported that high doses of
saffron have led to untimely contractions and even miscarriage.
When You Can Take Kesar?
This can be by first pointing out the utility of having Kesar in the
first place. Smooth digestion is always an issue during pregnancy. So a stimulating agent like Kesar can be beneficial for women when
they are pregnant. According to the Ayurveda, taking in very small amounts of saffron aid in initiating the
movement, or the activity of the foetus, inside the womb. Since the movement is
noted generally in the fifth month of the pregnancy, it is advisable to take
kesar post the fifth month of pregnancy.
How to Have Kesar in Food?
The manner in which it is consumed is also important. Since Kesar is
responsible for increasing the body heat, it should be taken in as a component
in sweets or milk, etc. it should always be remembered that the amount should
be always very minute. A high quantity can be fatal as mentioned above. Kesar
or saffron is famous for its exclusive aroma and flavour, so it is also named
as the Golden Spice. Many Indian dishes add saffron as an ingredient to enhance
the flavour of the dish or for the unique colour and aroma. It can be added to
milk, to various sweets, to rice based dishes and even in soups.
Sometimes women face problem in digesting milk or any other milk
products when they are pregnant. If you happen to be one of them, it is
advisable to drop a few strands like four to five strands of saffron in a glass
of water and have it. It will help your digestive system, since the digestion is usually slow in expecting women. It is always recommended that you
take the advice of your healthcare provider before you decide to take in any
supplement, whether it is a medicine or a herb when you are pregnant. To ensure
the safety of your health and that of the unborn baby should be of prime
Remember that it is a pure myth that natural products or herbs are devoid
of any harmful attributes or do not render any side effects. There have been
studies to prove that an apparently exotic and flavour inducing herb like Kesar
can be extremely harmful if taken in large quantities when pregnant. It can
lead to birth defect or miscarriage or both. So exercise caution when you take
it and come out of the age-old myth that saffron will help you give birth to a