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Borage Oil and Pregnancy

Borage Oil and Pregnancy

Borage oil is considered to be somewhat safe for use under normal conditions, until free from a hazardous component called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). However, when it comes to pregnancy, its usage is discouraged due to the potential risks it may pose for the expecting mother and her unborn child.
Shalu Bhatti
Last Updated: Apr 9, 2018
There are some herbs that can prove to be helpful and others which can cause potential harm. Borage is one such herb that can prove to be harmful, especially when consumed during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
What are the Risks Involved
According to WebMD, "It's important to avoid borage products that might contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs are a risk to the mother because they can cause serious liver disease and might cause cancer. PAs are also a risk to the infant because they might cause birth defects and they can pass into breast milk. Researchers aren't even sure if borage products that are certified PA-free are safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. It's best to stay safe and avoid using borage."
The usage of borage oil can simulate premature labor. It contains high amounts of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which tends to increase the production of prostaglandin E, leading to premature birth of the child. This makes consuming this oil extremely risky. Other side effects include symptoms such as, nausea, headache, bloating of the stomach, and the like. Do you think a pregnant women would need all of these?
Another side effect of this supplement is the possibility of increased bleeding risks. According to experts, people with bleeding disorders, or those who are likely to undergo a surgical procedure, should be cautious when it comes to consuming this ingredient.
Benefits
While you must stay away from this alternate medicine during pregnancy, there are certain benefits that one can avail, especially when dealing with health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Experts also believe it to be possibly beneficial for the growth and development of premature infants. Listed below are some additional benefits of borage oil.
  • It is considered to be an excellent natural cure for acne.
  • When it comes to eczema, this oil is one of the natural gifts of nature that can help the skin regain its health and glow.
  • Apart from skin issues, it also helps in curing inflammatory diseases and blood circulation, which contributes in the prevention of blood clotting and cardiovascular disorders.
  • It is also believed to cure many female health problems such as, premenstrual symptoms, mood swings, menopausal symptoms, etc.
Like every other ingredient, borage also has its own share of advantages and disadvantages. To be on the safer side, it is always best to consult a trusted physician before opting for it. Please note that certain medications tend to interact with borage, and may cause adverse affects. Inform your doctor about all the medications―including the alternate medicines and supplements―you are consuming.
Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is meant for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a replacement for expert medical advice.