Is aloe vera safe in pregnancy?

Updated: Apr 24, 2019

Aloe vera works wonders for your skin but its safety is debatable in pregnancy.

Aloe vera have health benefits in many ways, but consumption during pregnancy is not recommended. The main worry is that it can induce womb contractions. Aloe vera contains anthraquinones, which is a laxative. Thus, pregnant women should avoid drinking aloe vera products. Topical applied aloe vera gel, on the other hand, is safe as the systemic absorption is low.

Most herbalists would recommend to stay away from aloe in pregnancy as drinking aloe vera tea may stimulate womb contractions.

Breastfeeding moms must keep in mind that aloe vera extracts do pass through breast milk. Its laxative action may affect the baby’s gut and cause diarrhoea and vomiting. So, best to avoid.




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