During pregnancy, every woman becomes especially attentive to the state of her health, because she is responsible not only for herself, but also for the future baby. Before taking any products while waiting for a child, everything must be carefully weighed and pondered, because many, even the most beneficial substances, can harm the fetus.
One of these products is propolis. Despite the huge number of healing properties, this substance may be unsafe. In this article, we will tell you whether you can take propolis during pregnancy, and how to do it correctly, so as not to harm the crumbs.
What is propolis?
This natural product of beekeeping is created from resins of poplar, birch and horse chestnut. These resins are collected by bees, mixed with sweet nectar and transferred to the hive. Bees use this substance to disinfect and sterilize the hive and protect it from other insects. Another name is bee glue.
People have long used propolis for the treatment and prevention of various diseases. Due to the high content of bioflavonoids, B vitamins, beta carotene, as well as such trace elements as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, cobalt, copper, nickel and calcium, this product has a large number of healing properties for the human body.
Useful properties of propolis
This product of beekeeping has not yet been sufficiently studied, however, as a result of some clinical trials, the following properties of bee glue have been established, which may be useful during pregnancy:
This product inhibits the growth of pathogens and kills some of them, destroys toxins, and also accelerates the processes of healing and tissue regeneration. In addition, bee glue is a natural anesthetic.
Propolis tincture during pregnancy
In general, propolis tincture is an extremely useful drug.
As a rule, it is used in the following situations:
- in case of poisoning with various substances to remove toxins from the body;
- with injuries or burns to speed healing, prevent inflammation and infection;
- in the complex treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction to enrich the body with the necessary supply of vitamins and minerals;
- with various infectious diseases to kill pathogens and suppress their active growth;
- with vitamin deficiency;
- for rinsing the mouth and throat in the treatment of various diseases.
Tincture of this product has a positive effect on the nervous system, the musculoskeletal skeleton, the state of the heart and blood vessels, the respiratory system and the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, a solution of propolis can cure and prevent various diseases of the female genital tract, in particular endometriosis, uterine myoma, thrush, endocervicitis, colpitis, cervical erosion and numerous sexually transmitted infections. Since propolis tincture for rinsing is prepared with alcohol, it can only be used externally during pregnancy. If you have indications for oral administration of this product, you can make its own aqueous solution.
How to prepare an aqueous solution of propolis?
Independently prepare an aqueous solution of bee glue, which can be taken during pregnancy without fear for the unborn baby, you can according to the following recipe:
Boil 250 ml of pure water, settle and pour into an enamel or glass container. Add ½ cup of crushed propolis, heat this liquid in a water bath to 80 degrees, then cool and infuse for 6 hours. After that, the resulting solution must be drained and poured into a container of dark glass. This natural medicine is practically safe for the human body. Meanwhile, water tincture has a rather serious drawback – it cannot be stored for more than 7 days.
The use of propolis candles during pregnancy
Most often for the treatment of hemorrhoids, which is often formed in women during pregnancy, use special candles with this healing product.
This drug is approved for use during the entire waiting period of the child, starting from the earliest stage.
In just a few procedures, candles with propolis eliminate pain, relieve inflammation and disinfect bleeding wounds.
Most often, these candles during pregnancy are used once a day, before bedtime. At the same time, the medicine is inserted into the anus with clean hands. Despite the fact that such candles are the best option for the treatment of hemorrhoids in expectant mothers, they should be used only after consulting with a gynecologist who monitors the pregnancy.
Contraindications for taking propolis during pregnancy
Like any other drug, propolis during pregnancy has certain contraindications. This product can be used by carefully weighing the intended benefits and possible harm to the unborn baby, and only after consulting with your doctor.
First of all, it is impossible to take medicines based on bee glue during pregnancy if you are hypersensitive to their components. The ingredients that are part of the tincture and candles, are quite strong allergens and can cause itching, burning and other manifestations of allergic reactions, even in those people who have not previously suffered from allergies.
In addition, propolis should be used with extreme caution to persons suffering from bronchial asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as diabetics due to the high sugar content in its components.
Thus, natural bee products can be useful in various situations, including during pregnancy.
However, you should be very careful with them, especially women who are prone to allergic reactions.
If your body is well tolerated by this natural product, rest assured – it will bring great benefits to you and your future son or daughter.