Licorice and Pregnancy: An Overview
It is not known if real licorice
(not red licorice or "licorice" products flavored with anise) is safe for pregnant women. There is some evidence that real licorice may increase the risk of premature labor.
Is Licorice Safe During Pregnancy?
Licorice can stimulate uterine contractions
and may also affect estrogen. Sometimes, licorice has estrogen-like effects, and sometimes it has anti-estrogen effects. Some research suggests that women who consume a large amount of licorice have an increased risk of premature labor and delivery
. It is probably safe to eat a little licorice candy now and then, but regular consumption or taking licorice extracts or supplements should be avoided during pregnancy.
Licorice and Pregnancy: Final Thoughts
If you are pregnant, it is always a good idea to have a discussion with your healthcare provider before taking any medication or supplement, including licorice extracts or supplements.