Is Psyllium husk or isabgol safe during pregnancy
Isabgol has a lot of health benefits but still many people are afraid of taking it during pregnancy. Using isabgol during pregnancy is considered safe if used properly. Taking Psyllium husk or isabgol for treating constipation is common in India-Pakistan while constipation during pregnancy has been noted in half of all pregnant women and various women suffer from constipation at some stage in their pregnancy. A number of women face this issue in the entire pregnancy.
There are many reasons of constipation occurs in pregnancy which includes hormonal causes, lack of activity, lack of nutrition and fluids, lack of iron and zinc or pressure by uterus etc. The condition usually starts in the 1st trimester of pregnancy which relieved during second trimester and again during 3rd trimester of pregnancy.
Psyllium husk is generally known as Isabgol in Pakistan and India. Isabgol is skin or husk of Plantago ovato plants seeds. Isabgol is natural laxative presented and could be safely drink in pregnancy.
Isabgol is mostly used with water and become mucilaginous as psyllium husk swells and expands in water.
The husk or Isabgol is good source of herbal fibre which passes through the intestines and treats constipation.