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Are Natural Herbals Safe for Pregnant Women?

Updated on August 29, 2014

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Are natural herbals safe for pregnant women?

Pregnant women should have complete nutrition and they should be healthy because they are eating for themselves plus the baby in their womb. Staying healthy means an overall package of health and lifestyle practices and it should be closely adhere to when you are carrying a baby. This is also true for all of us. When you are pregnant, you are not one but two already and you are responsible for the baby in your womb. Making sure that you are healthy and eating proper nutrients are good for the baby in your womb because overall health starts when you are still in the womb. The role of natural herbals for pregnant women are well researched by the different relevant agencies like the American Pregnancy Association which states that the use of herbal medicine for pregnant women should be guided by a health provider. It means there are herbals which are safe for pregnant women but should be taken with proper consultation with a health provider.

The topic of this hub is about natural herbal remedies and whether it is safe during pregnancy. Many today are resorting to herbal or the natural way of healing because it is plant based and researched found out that plant based medicine can cure or even prevent sickness. It has been a practice in ancient times to take natural herbal medicines to cure or for prevention purposes.

herbals which are safe during pregnancy -- and using it requires consulting a health provider

  • Peppermint Leaf and Ginger Root - this is helpful when you are sick in the first three month so pregnancy.
  • Elm Bark - it relieves nausea and vomiting plus heartburn and itchiness in vagina
  • Blond Psyllium and Black Psyllium - when used orally and appropriately and proper fluid intake
  • Garlic - it should be used in an amount which is appropriate
  • Capsicum or hot pepper - this should be used topically and with caution
  • Red Raspberry Leaf - is helpful in the uterus to tone it and if you want to breastfed after giving birth it is helpful with milk production, plus it will ease you when you're feeling sick and want to throw up. This leaf is very rich in Iron as this vitamin is needed when you're pregnant.
  • Oats & Oat Straw- this is very rich in calcium and magnesium plus it helps relieve feeling of depression, and irritability in skin

natural herbals and pregnancy

natural herbals that needs further research pertaining to its efficacy and safeness for pregnant women

According to the Natural Medicines Database, the following herbal medicines are being used by herbalists, physicians, and midwives who treat women but a proper consultation with your health care provider is needed, plus the following herbals needs further research about their effectiveness and safeness.

  • Chamomile is very rich in Magnesium and Calcium and helps if you cant sleep
  • Nettles - are very rich in Vitamins A, C and K, and Iron and it is a very good tonic High in vitamins A, C, K , calcium, potassium, and iron. According to American Pregnancy Association, they use this in many pregnancy teas because "it is a great all around pregnancy tonic, but the "Natural Medicines Database" gives Nettles a rating of Likely Unsafe"because even though it is used in countless pregnancy teas and recommended by most midwives and herbalists the use is contingent upon which part of the Nettles plant is used (the root or the leaves) and how much is used, and according to other sources, the use of Nettles is encouraged during pregnancy because of its health benefits"--
  • Dandelion - Rich in Vitamin A, calcium, and iron; dandelion root and leaf can also help relieve mild edema and nourish the liver
  • Aloe, Ginseng (American & Korean), Evening Primrose, Feverfew, Kava Kava, Senna should be taken with further consultation with health provider

General Rules in Using Herbals for Pregnant Women

Since you are the one responsible for your total health and your baby, total caution is required when you are expectring, please consult a health provider when taking supplements -- vitamins and herbals. There are herbals safe with pregnant women, but the manner in which you take them and the dosage should be approved by a health provider. Overall care for your health is needed when you're expecting a baby.

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      homemadeacnecure 5 years ago

      thanks for your tips :)...

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Important FYI for pregnant women (and wanna-be pregnant women).

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you MM, raspberry tea is good for pregnant women, Maita

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      MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      I just have a friend who recently gave birth and drinking raspberry tea to help in the breastfeeding...

      This is a good list PDH. well done....

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you GH, Maita

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Very useful and informative hub...

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh Ben thats good, and just be always guided by a medical doctor, dendelion is good, Maita

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Hi Maita another great article as I've come to expect from you. I just sent this one to my wife to read as well as she's pregnant. I just fed her some dandelion this week so we're in good shape.

      Ben

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      yes Kuya that is why I put it there, hmm in the Philippines they dont ever get to see a doctor hehe, Maita

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate' Maita any form of medicating, whether herbal or not, especially during pregnancy, should be monitored by a qualified either physician or herbal practitioner, for the safety of both mother and unborn child.

      Love you Ate', big hugs,

      KUYA Dave.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Nellianna, thnak you Madam for reading this hub, herbal is best, i grew up in Asia so we use it for all rememdies, but more major sickness we consult doctor, yes Madam, for pregnant women precaution is needed as tehey are carrying a baby, we dont want anything that is not good for them as well, I think ti just a matter of time that these herbals will find their way in prescripitions and mainstream medicine, there are just big powerful gropus who are opposing ti of coure, the FDA is one, food and drug administration, doctors assocaition and big phramaceuticals, as they feel threaten, Thank you Mam for your output and i am glad your planting herbs as well, do you also eat them like herbs? Maita

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      It's been a long while since pregnancy was in my recent past or on my future horizon! But I enjoyed it all & strongly believe that expecting to enjoy it is high on the list of good therapy - for any condition of life.

      I grew up with a mom who respected the use of natural herbs, although we didn't use them to stay healthy as often as to cure problems. We always had abundant fresh fruit & vegetables for maintaining health & I'm a firm believer in their value!

      Later in life I became quite into growing & using hebrs for their many benefits & good effects, both inside & out. I'm not one who runs to the doctor at every little symptom & I am very healthy, especially compared to others of my generation these days - those who are still living! haha

      But yes, especially for a condition such as pregnancy, checking with one's physician is very wise. Many things that are tolerable to the body ordinarily are not recommended for use during that condition.

      A very informative and interesting hub, Miata!!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you Sandy! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Yes drbj, it is best to be careful, isnt it? at least my hub will be useful to women but then they need an expert, Miata

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Wonderful information.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Maita, lovely hub on herbals. You are wise to recommend that readers see their personal physicians beore taking them.

      Only problem - some physicians are averse to herbal medicines since they consider them only a form of alternative medicine that they are not too fond of.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you mam hello!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you Pamela, Maita

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Very informative hub, maita, and thank you very much.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Very well done! This hub is loaded with good information for pregnant moms.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Yes Ron, I have been busy but not quite, Thank you! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Revlady, Bless and yes I need to put that as it is very important! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thanks kowality, Maita

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      a2z50 7 years ago

      Thank you for this fine content filled Hub! Hope all is well with you. You sure have been busy writing.

      Ron

      As Always Also Rprcarz50

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      What I have noticed and really appreciate about your hubs Maita, is that you ALWAYS recommend seeing a health care professional before attempting and regimen.

      Great information!

      Forever His,

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      kowality 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Lots of good Information here. Thank You