Which Herbs Should You Avoid When Pregnant?


1 About Herbs and Pregnancy

There has been a huge shift in recent years, towards more of a natural approach to most things in life. From eating organic and “clean”, to using all natural household cleaners, makeups and even buying organic mattresses. The truth is, people are becoming more and more aware of what they are putting in their bodies, and that is a good thing.


Another place that people are shifting towards a more natural focus is in medicine. Alternative medicines are growing in popularity, and that is definitely true when it comes to herbs. Many women are opting to use herbs during pregnancy to improve their health.

They are all natural, they have been trusted for thousands of years, and they are inexpensive. What’s not to love? Read on for more information about which herbs are safe during pregnancy.

2 Herbs That Are Safe To Take During Pregnancy

There are several herbs that have been deemed safe to use during pregnancy. While all of these herbs have been considered safe, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor to make sure that he or she doesn’t have any issues with you taking herbs during your pregnancy. Red raspberry leaf is one of the most common herbs used during pregnancy.


It is useful for helping to increase iron levels, toning the uterus,  and to increase milk production, decrease nausea, as well as to ease labor pains. Peppermint leaf is known to help combat nausea and to relieve gas, both of which are very common during the first trimester.

Ginger root is another great herb for combating nausea. Dandelion root, when made into a tea, is especially helpful for relieving constipation. Chamomile has also been shown to help with the insomnia that many women get during their pregnancies.


3 Herbs You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

While there are many herbs that are recommended for pregnancy, there are also many herbs that are not recommended to be used by pregnant women. It is important to know these herbs as well so that you don’t accidentally take them while pregnant.


Saw Palmetto, for example, can adversely affect the hormone levels of pregnant women. Goldenseal can cross into the placenta and cause problems with the baby. Cohosh can bring on labor and even induce miscarriage. Angelica Root can also bring on bleeding, as can mistletoe, osha, sage, thyme, turmeric and wormwood.


Dong Quai and licorice root also affect the hormones. As you can see, there are many herbs that are contraindicated during pregnancy, so it is always important to check with your doctor before taking any herbal supplements during your pregnancy.

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Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.

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