I've been asked whether or not women can take apple cider vinegar on a daily basis if they're pregnant. While a common folklore circulated linking ACV to miscarriage, there is no basis for that belief. Unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar can actually benefit you if you are pregnant, in the same ways it benefits others (as I wrote about in chapter 10 of my book). Additionally, it can help prevent pregnancy-related anemia and help to prevent heartburn and constipation. It just might curb cravings that can lead to excess weight gain as well.
What about if you're nursing? Won't it make your milk sour? Babies don't seem to mind it, so I'm guessing the milk is still pretty tasty to them. But the huge benefit to your nursing mamas, is that taking a tablespoon of ACV a day can help prevent mastitis! If you've ever experienced the pain of blocked milk ducts, you're probably wishing you'd known this in the past!
Of course, don't take my word for it whether or not ACV is safe if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Here's the word from the real expert:
According to John Westerdahl, PhD, MPH, RD and director of the Bragg Health Foundation, "Bragg Apple Cider vinegar is safe to consume for pregnant and lactating women."
There you have it. And that's all I have for you on this particular Vinegar Friday.
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