Is Drinking Palm Wine During Pregnancy Safe?

In some parts of Nigeria, pregnant women are given palm wine to drink but the question of whether it’s safe to drink palm wine during pregnancy still abound.

Palm wine offers a variety of benefits potassium, iron and 3 different vitamins not only that, it’s good for the eyesight, breast milk production and treats conjunctivitis. The benefits of palm wine are numerous so if you’re a fan of palm wine, good news!

But can pregnant women drink palm wine?

Yes from the above listed benefits of palm wine we can say palm wine is beneficial which is probably why we’ve got a lot of pregnant women here on Mamalette asking questions as to how safe it is for them to drink palm wine during pregnancy.

Ah this question of taking palm wine is controversial though, village women drink palm wine during pregnancy and some have testified that nothing happened to their baby or them but how do we round all of them up so we can know if there’s one out of them that took palm wine and witnessed complications during pregnancy?

Meaning we can’t generalise based on a few people’s words. In fact, even some Mamalette said she drank palm wine through out their pregnancy and they had a healthy baby, again, this isn’t enough evidence that drinking palm wine during pregnancy is safe.

What’s the major problem though? Palm wine is alcoholic! And women who are pregnant have been advised not to drink alcohol, children whose mother drank alcohol a lot during pregnancy are more likely to be born with birth defect. Although some people choose to drink it moderately.

The alcohol content of palm wine may be safe if watered down, if taken in small quantity and if your pregnancy is not high risk but some of the palm wine they sell out there have been mixed, with alcohol. Also, the alcoholic content of palm wine vary largely based on the origin of the sap and the stage of fermentation and distillation. If the palm wine is unfermented, it will be non-alcoholic but immediately it’s fermented the alcohol level increase.

Unless you meet with the palm wine tapper and tell him you wish they’d not ferment the palm oil so you’ll get a perfectly safe to drink palm wine don’t just drink any kind of palm wine. Meanwhile you can buy palm wine from online sellers, you should be able to buy the palm wine type that’s safe for pregnant women there.

So yes, it’s good for pregnant women but I can’t say it’s safe.

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Avocado Is Good For Pregnant Women

Since I’ve known the beauty benefits of eating avocado, I don’t only eat it, after scooping out the inside and eating it with salt, I’ll rub some on my face and I tell you, it’s doing a lot for my skin. Recently, I stumbled on a study which found that avocado have a lot of benefits for pregnant women, it makes sense. The benefits of avocado is numerous and it keeps increasing, avocados are full of good fat, remember pregnant women are advised to take foods rich in folic acid when pregnant?

Good news is, avocado is a great source of folate, and especially important during the first 3 months of your pregnancy. A new study, published in the journal Nutrients, looked at the role of avocados in the diets of pregnant and lactating women. According to the study

“Avocados are unique among fruits and vegetables in that, by weight, they contain much higher amounts of the key nutrients folate and potassium, which are normally under-consumed in maternal diets. “Avocados also contain higher amounts of several non-essential compounds, such as fiber, mono-unsaturated fats, and lipid-soluble antioxidants, which have all been linked to improvements in maternal health, birth outcomes and/or breast milk quality“. Currently, US dietary advice applies only to those aged two years and above.

As to how much avocados you can eat in a day, this is what a reproductive specialist and nutritionist Doctor Andrew Orr says, “You actually can’t eat too many of them! They are full of good fats (omega oils), protein, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and more. They’re great as a meal on their own, in green smoothies, desserts, dips… I love using them for breakfast!” He adds, “On a traditional Chinese medicine level, avocado is nourishing to both the womb and the baby. Avocado should definitely be eaten during pregnancy – and it’s a great food for fertility too”

So what’s stopping you from eating avocados every single day? It’s affordable, as you can get one for as low as #50 and you can make delicious meals out of it, I love love love guacamole.

Here are 4 delicious recipes you can try;

1. Avocado On Toast

This is simple to make and filling if you use wheat bread, mash or slice the avocado on toast. Use wheat bread as it’s healthier and  there are other ways to eat your avocado.

2. Avocado Salad 

Salad is not only healthy but you’re taking most of your nutrients all in one meal, add avocado to your salad mix to make it even more healthier. Trust me when I say avocado taste great in salad.

3. Guacamole

Guacamole is not only simple to make but delicious! To prepare, mash up an avocado, then add some lime and salt to taste (or skip the salt altogether). You can eat guacamole with boiled eggs, noodles and what have you. 

4. Baked Egg In An Avocado

Baked eggs in avocados tastes heavenly! Cut your avocado into two, remove the seed inside, place it on a bowl making sure it’s balanced so it doesn’t tip over. Then crack two eggs in a bowl, make sure the yolk doesn’t split, then spoon the two yolks into the centre of each avocado hole, add egg white until each hole is full. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 220C (425F) until the eggs are cooked. You can choose to season with salt, pepper or anything you like.It’s a delicious delight.


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