health Experts have dispelled the notion that eating okra or drinking okra water, especially in the third trimester of pregnancy, can make labor easier for women.
Experts say the idea that okra helps women have a safer birth is a myth, and there is no documented scientific evidence of okra’s benefits for fertility.
Speaking to PUNCH HealthWise in a separate exclusive interview, expert, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Stanley Egbogu, and registered dietitian, Mrs. Yemisi Solanke-Lawal, said okra can ease labor. He said it was a false belief.
However, okra is one of those vegetables that has many health benefits.
According to the maternal health site birthingbalance.com, okra is rich in folic acid (the natural form of vitamin B9, water soluble, and found naturally in many foods), but folic acid is not included.
A serving of okra supplies 15% of the folic acid a woman needs daily, and along with other folate-rich foods and necessary prenatal vitamins, women should have adequate levels of this vitamin. .
In a conversation with Egbogu, a correspondent who works at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi said that this belief that okra facilitates childbirth is particularly common in rural areas, where people are encouraged to give birth easily. I pointed out that there are various myths and superstitions that Clinging even though there is no evidence to back it up.
“There are so many superstitious beliefs that people have. This is one of the myths that people believe in, but there is no evidence that eating okra during the third trimester of pregnancy eases labor.
“I know people believe it, but this is mostly in villages. It’s not documented, but some people believe it.”
However, he noted that as a vegetable, okra has many nutritional benefits.
Obstetricians and gynecologists urge pregnant women not to rely on unverified claims that okra has the ability to aid labor, but to resort to mild exercise, which is known to facilitate labor. rice field.
Egbogu said light exercise such as walking can help make birth easier. Although not practiced in Nigeria, giving birth in water has also been documented to reduce labor pain, he added.
For her part, dietary expert Solanke Rawal said she was unaware of the effects of eating okra during childbirth.
However, okra is known to help control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
A nutritionist said that if such claims were true, he would have lived in China.