Oral (by mouth) intake of Aloe Vera is not recommended during pregnancy due to theoretical stimulation of uterine contractions. It is not known whether active ingredients of aloe may be present in breast milk, but it could cause gastrointestinal distress in the nursing infant and therefore aloe should not be consumed by breastfeeding mothers.

Skin use (topical use) of Aloe Vera in forms of gels and creams is unlikely to be harmful during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and can have many benefits for the pregnant or breast-feeding mother. It can help keep constipation at bay, it can provide and help assimilate the vitamins, minerals and amino acids, necessary for good health in the mother and baby. It can ease morning sickness, lower blood pressure and stabilise hormonal upsets, fight bladder and urinary infections and kill Candida bacteria, which causes thrush in pregnant women and breast-fed babies. The use of Aloe Gel can help with problem skin, veins, piles and help prevent stretch marks. Women of Barbados use Aloe Vera to treat sore nipples. If you decide to use this treatment, do not apply the aloe just before the time of nursing. It has bitter taste and works as a laxative.

Warnings and possible side effects of Aloe Vera

People who know to be allergic to garlic, onions, tulips, or other plants of the Liliaceae family, may develop allergic reactions to aloe.