Should You Avoid Zobo During Pregnancy?

Should You Avoid Zobo During Pregnancy?

Zobo drinks are delicious and has a lot of health benefits. However, for pregnant women it is not safe. In this article, we discuss why you should avoid it.

Zobo or zoborodo, as it's popularly known in Nigeria is a drink that's easy to make and has lots of health benefits. It may be healthy for a lot of people, but is zobo drink good for a pregnant woman? In this article we discuss what experts have to say on this subject.

Is zobo drink good for a pregnant woman?

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Zobo drink is known in other parts of the world as Hibiscus tea, which tells you that this beverage from Roselle leaves is not only popular in Nigeria. Usually served cold, the drink has a way of tickling your throat when you drink it, especially when you add ginger in the preparation. There's a reason why zobo is popular, and that's because of the following health benefits:

  • Treats nausea and fatigue
  • Reducing high blood pressure
  • Strengthens the blood vessels and makes their walls stronger
  • Rich sources of antioxidants
  • Helps weight loss
  • Relaxes the body and relieves stress
  • Keeps the intestines healthy and aids their functions
  • Calms the nerves and muscles
  • Improves the flow of bile
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Helps the body absorb iron from meals
  • Boost fertility and improve sex drive
  • Increases the amount of haemoglobin in the body.
  • Fights infections because it is rich in antimicrobial properties

Why zobo isn't good for pregnant women

is zobo good for pregnant women

However, for all its health benefits, the important question remains whether it is safe for pregnant women to consume. Now that we have gotten its health benefits out of the way, we can discuss the drink in relation to pregnant women. According to a study published in the African Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine, taking zobo during pregnancy may result in a woman birthing a child with low birth weight. Babies born with low birth weight look smaller than babies with normal birth weight. Babies are said to have low weight when they weigh less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces, which means less than 2.5kg.

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To support the claims of this study, look no further than the health benefits of zobo above where it is stated that it helps reduce weight. This is great for people who are not pregnant and looking to lose some weight, but far from good for pregnant women. Another set of people for which zobo isn't good are breastfeeding mothers. This is because zobo reduces the food consumption of the woman, reducing the amount of breastmilk she can produce.

Additionally, drinking zobo during pregnancy leaves you at the risk of complications that may lead to premature labour. The drink does this by trying to get your uterus to contract, causing the baby to come out before it's ready. During pregnancy, any product or medication that contains hibiscus leaves should be discussed with your doctor before being used.

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Lydia Ume