Garlic ingestion by pregnant women alters the odor of amniotic fluid

Chem Senses. 1995 Apr;20(2):207-9. doi: 10.1093/chemse/20.2.207.


Amniotic fluid samples were obtained from 10 pregnant women undergoing routine amniocentesis procedure. Approximately 45 min prior to the procedure, five of the women ingested placebo capsules, whereas the remaining five ingested capsules containing the essential oil of garlic. Randomly selected pairs of samples, one from a woman who ingested garlic and the other from a woman who ingested placebo capsules, were then evaluated by a sensory panel of adults. The odor of the amniotic fluid obtained from four of the five women who had ingested the garlic capsules was judged to be stronger or more like garlic than the paired samples collected from the women consuming placebo capsules. Thus, garlic ingestion by pregnant women significantly alters the odor of their amniotic fluid.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amniotic Fluid / drug effects*
  • Amniotic Fluid / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Garlic / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Maternal-Fetal Exchange
  • Odorants*
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Pregnancy / metabolism*