Almond oil linked to risk of preterm birth

Italian researchers interviewed more than 700 women within three days after they gave birth, finding that among 189 who regularly used herbal supplements during pregnancy, 29 had a preterm birth compared to 51 of 511 non-supplement users.

Almost two-thirds of the regular herbal supplement users used almond oil as a topical application, apparently to alleviate stretch marks.

“Spreading of oil on the abdomen could mechanically stimulate the myometrium, thereby inducing premature contractions,