An Overview of Glucomannan and Pregnancy
is a non-prescription herbal supplement that is used to treat a variety of conditions, including constipation
, obesity, high cholesterol
, and type 2 diabetes
. Very little information is available about the use of glucomannan during pregnancy. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid glucomannan products while pregnant.
Is Glucomannan Safe for Pregnant Women?
There is not enough information to determine whether glucomannan is safe for use during pregnancy. It is thought that glucomannan food products (such as some types of Asian noodles) probably do not pose any risk, but glucomannan supplements should probably be avoided. Because glucomannan is a natural vegetable fiber, it is probably safe for use in pregnant women, but further research is necessary in order to make sure glucomannan does not cause any problems.
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to ask your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement. You and your healthcare provider can consider the possible risks and benefits of using glucomannan in your particular situation, as well as any other treatment alternatives.