Can a Pregnant Woman Drink Zobo?

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Zobo in Pregnancy

Hibiscus sabdariffa is a plant of genus Malvaceae (Mallow family). In English speaking countries, it is called “Red Sorrel”. It is said to be originally from Angola. It is also found in tropical and subtropical regions, especially Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Mexico and China.
Zobo drink is a sweetened aqueous extract of Hibiscus sabdariffa, (i.e. boiled in water). it is commonly produced, sold and drank by Nigerian women regardless of whether they are pregnant or not.

The effect of Zobo drink in pregnant woman or breastfeeding mothers has not been clearly documented. However there are reports (personal experiences), that consumption in high doses can trigger bleeding and thus may lead to a miscarriage. Hence, it may not be safe for a pregnant woman to take zobo drink in large quantities. This is especially true, during the first three months of pregnancy.
It has also been postulated that hibiscus flower juice antagonizes oestrogen synthesis in the body. But, I couldn’t find published Research Articles that support these claims.
So having read all of the above, personally, one may decide to take other healthy drinks other than zobo till the pregnancy is well – established and also, till trusted scientific reports become available.

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