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Maqui Berry and Pregnancy

Because of the lack of research on maqui berries, the potential risks of using these products while pregnant are currently unknown. In addition, no research has been done to suggest that the berry provides any unique benefits for pregnant women. In order to ensure your safety, tell your healthcare provider if you are taking any maqui berry product during pregnancy.

Does Pregnancy Preclude Maqui Berry Use?

Maqui berry products, such as juice blends or supplements, are becoming extremely popular and are claimed to be useful for preventing and treating a variety of diseases and for promoting general health. As a result, pregnant women wonder if they could benefit from maqui berry and if these products are safe for use during pregnancy. However, it is unknown if these products are safe or beneficial for pregnant women.

Is Maqui Berry Safe for Pregnant Women?

Many people assume that maqui berry is safe for pregnant women because it is just a berry and is consumed by many native women in South America, where it is grown naturally. The fact that many pregnant women consume maqui berry does not necessarily mean that it is safe.
Using this logic, you might also be convinced that smoking cigarettes is safe for pregnant women, since many women smoked during pregnancy, especially several decades ago, without any noticeable effects. This analogy is not meant to imply that maqui is as dangerous as smoking for pregnant women, or even that it is dangerous at all, simply that it is not known with certainty that the product is safe for use during pregnancy.
Although there is no scientific evidence to show that maqui berry is safe for use during pregnancy, there is no reason to suspect that it would cause problems in a pregnant woman. In particular, moderate consumption of the actual fruit or juice would not be particularly expected to cause problems.
However, the same cannot be said for maqui berry supplements, which may contain very low or very high amounts of various components of the maqui berry, and may contain other substances as well; the actual amounts are unknown, as these products are not closely regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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