Effects Of Consumption Of Fatimah Grass Plants For Pregnant Women?
Hello, I am 21 years pregnant with a pregnancy of around 38w. Towards the time of labor such as this, many people gave advice so that labor would be smooth, one of which was consuming water from the soaking grass of Fatimah. Because I don’t know what fatimah grass is and its benefits, I searched the internet and many articles mentioning that fatimah grass is dangerous for pregnant women and can cause miscarriage, bleeding, and tears in the uterus. Is this really the case or is there actually a benefit for labor? Please explain, thank you.
Wa'alaikumsallam Ayu, thank you for the question.
Fatimah grass plants or labisia pumila since ancient times believed to be beneficial both for the smooth delivery. In fact, with the development of technology in the field of health and research, there is not enough scientific evidence regarding the efficacy of these plants for the birth process. So far there are no studies that prove that Fatimah's grass provides smoother labor. It is suspected that this plant contains a hormone that is similar to the hormone in the human body, namely oxytocin. Oxytocin is produced by the human body when it is time for the fetus to be born. Synthetic oxytocin is a substance used in labor induction in hospitals, in cases of long labor due to contractions that are not strong enough.
Some things that are a problem with the use of Fatimah grass are:
composition is unknown. Not many studies that explain the composition of what is contained in this plant. Some studies have even looked for a possible toxicity effect on the consumption of fatimah grass that can interfere with the functioning of the reproductive system.
it is not yet known whether the substances suspected to have a good effect on labor are in the stems, leaves, roots, or flowers.
dosage is not known with certainty. The risk of side effects cannot be expected or not if the dosage is not clear.
the method of administration is unknown. Some people soak with hot water, some others soak with cold water. But there is no one way that has been proven clear.
there is no standardization of herbal medicines for this plant. All plants that are herbal medicine must undergo clinical trials in animals and humans in a tightly controlled manner in the laboratory. All types of drugs should pass this stage. That is why the discovery of new medical drugs (which are organic chemistry) can take dozens of years, so that clearly known good effects, dosages, ways of administration, composition, and side effects. Herbal medicine must be the same.
Most obstetricians and obstetricians prohibit the consumption of fatimah grass. This is based on the likelihood of risks as I mentioned, namely:
uterine contractions that are too strong, causing rupture (tear) of the uterus. Uterus rupture is one of the complications of childbirth that can have fatal consequences for both mother and fetus. Bleeding from uterine tears can be very difficult to handle so the risk is very high.
uterine contractions that are too strong cause the fetus does not get enough blood supply, so that fetal distress and fetal breathing can occur, and result in fetus stillbirth.
release of the placenta so that it can cause severe bleeding.
miscarriage in gestational age under 20 weeks.
A smooth delivery does not really depend on herbal plants, but rather depends on maternal and fetal factors. These factors include:
mother's general condition. Mothers who are healthy and have enough energy should be strong enough to push during labor.
comorbidities in mothers. Mothers with hypertension, or other chronic diseases such as asthma, heart failure, or heart valve disorders, may not be able to give birth normally.
mother's mental state. Mental stability is better for labor.
first delivery or not. The first delivery generally takes longer than the second delivery and so on.
strength of uterine contractions.
pelvic width. Not always the fetus can pass through the mother's pelvis. If the size of the fetus is too large for the size of the mother's pelvis, no matter how strong the contraction is, the fetus will not be able to pass through the pelvis.
fetal condition. A fetus with a congenital abnormality such as hydrocephalus cannot be born normally, despite strong uterine contractions.
fetal position and presentation. Embryo or breech fetuses are generally more difficult to birth, despite strong uterine contractions.
Then the mother can examine that the success or smooth delivery is not solely determined by the strength of uterine contractions. Mothers should be patient until it's time to give birth. Naturally the mother's body will know how to respond to the labor process. Let labor take place normally. The doctor will supervise the mother, if there are less strong contractions, then the doctor will give an induction with a tightly controlled dose of oxytocin. Do not take unnecessary risks, so that waiting for a mother for 9 months does not end with something that is not desirable. So our review, hopefully mothers are helped. Regards.