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?

Answer:

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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