Why should Fenugreek be included in post-natal diet?
Fenugreek, or “methi” is well known for its medicinal and herbal effects on overall health. Apart from providing amazing post-pregnancy benefits, Fenugreek is also shown to boost the immune system, reduce cholesterol levels and improve heart health. Fenugreek contains diosgenin which can help in increasing the supply of milk. Therefore, it is known as a lactogenic food. Many nursing mothers who have problems in producing milk for their babies consume fenugreek in order to increase their milk supply.
Apart from that, the magnesium and vitamin contents found in this superfood is said to improve milk quality. Therefore, this also aids in improving the immune system of babies.
In Asian culture, Fenugreek can be consumed in several ways. The most common way of consuming it is to sprinkle it over porridge or curry. However, some people may choose to experiment with different recipes and teas.
Fenugreek tea is one of the most common recipes when it comes to boosting lactation. It is extremely easy to make and does not require much time. All you need is a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds, crushed lightly, a cup of water, a dash of nutmeg, and some honey for taste.Boil water and let it simmer. Add the crushed fenugreeks along with other ingredients for flavour. Allow the seeds to simmer for approximately 3 minutes, then remove the pot from the heat. Allow the mixture to brew for another 15 minutes so that more flavours and nutrients can be released. When ready, just strain the mixture into your cup and enjoy a hot, refreshing beverage!
However, be very careful not to consume fenugreek during pregnancy. One side effect of consuming fenugreek is uterine contraction. This can cause premature labour in women and therefore, fenugreek is not safe to be consumed during pregnancy. The consumption of fenugreek can also cause infants and mothers to emit body odour smelling like maple syrup. This odour is harmless, but can be confused with a condition called Maple Syrup Urine Disease which is a serious metabolic condition and is usually present in the urine of infants. You may want to inform your baby’s paediatrician that you are consuming fenugreek in order to avoid unnecessary confusion.