Cold and pregnancy, and a more plausible reason not to henna in late pregnancy

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on May 22, 2002 at 10:56:59:

In reply to: Re Pregnancy posted by Kree @ Gilded Lilies on May 21, 2002 at 17:58:21:

Heat, not cold, endangers a pregnant woman.
That's why pregnant women need to stay out of hot tubs.

Cold applied to a belly will stop premature labor. Lying on cold
concrete stopped my premature labor, and saved my daughter's life.

I've said this several times before, but that particular bit if info
is NOT correct. Hennaeing a belly will not induce labor. Many
things, many places, were used to induce abortion, and mostly they're
wishful thinking. Please check your resources before posting that
again in the future.

If there is a scientific reason to NOT henna a pregnant woman in late
pregnancy, it is that henna has as one of its many components, some
estrogenic compounds and a utero sedative. In late pregnancey, a
woman needs all the braxton hicks contractions she can flex to get the
baby's lungs in condition and get her uterus up to snuff to give
birth, and a utero secative could deter that.

Your woman going into labor story is dramatic, and often repeated, but
is probably entirely concidental. Henna is most likely to have no
effect, or have a very slightly deterrant effect, on labor.

However, if there is a slight uterosedative effect, that might be one
of the reasons to henna in the 7th and 8th months, and after birth.
Henna's skin conditioning properties *might* assist a woman's skin to
stretch gracefully in those last months ... but if henna is aplied in
a pattern, rather than mixed with oil as a massage, the effect would
be nil.

There'll be a longish article on henna AFTER birth in the next issue
of the journal.


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