Taking melatonin during pregnancy can cause birth defects, harmful both for the mother and for the unborn child.
Melatonin is a hormone, responsible for regulating the daily rhythm and the desire to sleep. It affects the reproductive function and can affect the hormones that contribute to a normal course of pregnancy.
Melatonin is recommended to people with insomnia, tinnitus, jet lag, excessive use of sedative drugs, fibromyalgia, a sharp high temperature, irritable bowel syndrome.
Pregnancy And Lactation
Melatonin improves sleep, relieves headaches. However, it is not safe to take food additives, containing melatonin during pregnancy.
Melatonin can change the female hormones (estrogen, oxytocin, progesterone), which may cause birth defects.
It may disrupt the normal intestine functioning and worsen morning sickness.
It may provoke general fatigue, lethargy stomach ache and depression.
Taking melatonin during pregnancy is not safe, as it gets into the breast milk. It may cause risks in the child’s health.
Melatonin may cause the following side effects: the digestive tract damage, sleepwalking, high fatigue, realistic dreams, rash and frequent urination. The category of children, inclined to the nervous system disorders, may have seizures.
Taking melatonin, it is recommended to be careful during driving and working with any technical equipment.
Taking melatonin during lactation, women should monitor the baby's health, as the following side effects may appear: movement disorder, a decreased muscle tone, vomiting and drowsiness. If the symptoms are observed, the child should be provided with an urgent medical care. If a woman took melatonin in any trimester of her pregnancy, she must tell her doctor about it.