Parsley and pregnancy--What's the deal?

December 14, 2007

Pregnancy Foods: Question:

I have read that pregnant women should not eat parsley. Is this true? If it is why shouldn't they?


Oil from parsley, when consumed in heavy amounts, can stimulate contractions of the uterine muscles and possibly result in pre-term labor. Also, the infant can develop a hemoglobin problem to his or her blood that can be very dangerous. But... a sprinkle of parsley on potatos or elsewhere shouldn't come close to these amounts, or we'd be reading the parsley warnings at the groceries.

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