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Herbs to Avoid While Pregnant

Herbs to Avoid While Pregnant

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  • the_littleminx the_littleminx's Avatar 04-29-07 | 10:02 PM
  • There are a lot of herbs that are too strong for a baby to handle (same with over the counter or prescription drugs). A lot of people have the idea that because herbs are natural they are completely safe at all times; this, however, is simply not true.

    Below is a list of herbs that, due to being too strong, you should not take while you are pregnant unless your OB directly tells you to. And then, if you must take them, take them in MODERATION.

    Angelica: Can proote menstruation/miscarriage
    Black Cohosh or Blue Cohosh: Can promote uterine contractions, increasing incidence of miscarriages
    Coltsfoot: Contains alkaloids that may damage the liver of the fetus
    Comfrey: Contains alkaloids that may damage both maternal and fetal livers
    Dong Quai: Can promote menstruation/miscarriage
    Echinacea: A powerful medicine that may be too concentrated for a fetus
    Feverfew: Can promote menstruation/miscarriage
    Ginger Root: Can promote menstruation/miscarriage (**Check with your OB as many say this is actually safe for pregnant women to take in small doses to help with morning sickness.**)
    Ginseng: Can affect hormonal system during crucial stages of fetal development
    Goldenseal: Can promote uterine contractions
    Licorice: Can affect hormonal system during crucial stages of fetal development
    Mugwort: A powerful medicine that may be too concentrated for a fetus
    Pennyroyal: Can promote uterine contractions, increasing incidence of miscarriages
    Red Raspberry Leaf: Can cause contractions, so should be avoided during the FIRST trimester
    Tansy: Can promote menstruation/miscarriage
    Valerian: A powerful medicine that may be too concentrated for a fetus
    Yarrow: A powerful medicine that may be too concentrated for a fetus
  • MarinesGirl 10-22-09 | 02:06 PM
  • Great tips! I just might have to copy these for future use!
  • mystika802 01-24-10 | 02:22 PM
  • thanks, I was looking for a good list
     
  • SabrinaA SabrinaA's Avatar 01-31-10 | 06:02 PM
  • Thanks. I didn't realize some of these could be dangerous.

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