Fennel is an herb in the parsley family. It is a plant with yellow flowers and every part of it is edible and has been used for flavoring, including the seeds. Although fennel seed offers some benefits for pregnancy ailments, it is best to be aware of the potential negative effects and talk with your doctor before use.
Fennel seeds can be added to foods such as vegetable dishes and salads. It is also used as a flavoring in breads and sauces. Herbal fennel seed tea is made by simmering two to three teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds in a cup of hot water for 10 minutes.
Childbirth.org recommends the use of fennel seed tea during pregnancy to help relieve nausea, which is common in the first trimester of pregnancy. Fennel seed can help to stimulate appetite. It can also help to relieve indigestion, according to Vegetarian Nutrition.
Drugs.com does not recommend the use of fennel seed during pregnancy due to its potential emmenagogue effects, which means that it can stimulate menstrual flow. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the lack of data for the effects of herbal teas is a concern. However, commercial tea prepared with fennel tea may be safe.
You can make your own herbal tea to get nutrients and provide relief for some pregnancy ailments. The American Pregnancy Association recommends adding apples, oranges, lemons, limes, cinnamon or mint leaves to hot water or decaffeinated tea. Steep the ingredients in the tea for a few minutes and enjoy a safe alternative to tea made from fennel seed.
Always talk to your doctor before using anything during pregnancy, especially herbal remedies or other types of medications. Your doctor can help you determine the safety of anything you consume and whether or not it is best for your situation. He can also provide you with dosing information.