When Should You Not Use Fenugreek Seeds In Your Diet?

Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy: Fenugreek is likely unsafe in pregnancy when used in amounts greater than those in food. It might cause malformations in the baby, as well as early contractions. Taking fenugreek just before delivery may also cause the newborn to have an unusual body odour, which could be confused with “maple syrup urine disease.” This odour does not appear to cause long-term effects.


Fenugreek is possibly safe when taken by mouth to increase breastmilk flow in the short term. Some research shows that taking 1725 mg of fenugreek three times daily for 21 days does not cause any side effects in infants.


Fenugreek is possibly unsafe when taken by mouth in children. Some reports have linked fenugreek tea to loss of consciousness in children. An unusual body odour resembling maple syrup may also occur in children drinking fenugreek tea.

Allergy to plants in the Fabaceae family:

People who are allergic to other plants in the Fabaceae, including soybeans, peanuts, and green peas might also be allergic to fenugreek.


Fenugreek can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use fenugreek.

Low blood pressure:

Fenugreek might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking fenugreek might make blood pressure too low in people with low blood pressure.