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Pregnancy and Herbs - Pregnancy and Herbal Tea

Updated on November 4, 2014

Safe Herbs for a Healthy Pregnancy

Are you looking for herbs safe for pregnancy? I can tell you right now, there aren't many. Very few studies have been done on the effect different herbs have on a baby before it's born. And most of the studies that have been done, show a chance of some sort of negative effect, however small it may be. That's why most herbalists don't recommend using herbs, or even drinking herbal tea during pregnancy.

However, there are a few that have all been rated likely safe to use during pregnancy by the American Pregnancy Association and the Natural Medicines Database.

Herb Safety

Just like any other medication, you should talk to your midwife before using any of these herbs medicinally.

Although they've been rated as likely safe, they're only safe if the dosage is correct.

Your midwife can instruct you on the proper dosage and help you to decide which herbs are right for you.

Red Raspberry Leaf

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What is Red Raspberry Leaf?

After the first trimester, Red Raspberry Leaf is the safest and most helpful herb you can take. It has numerous healing benefits that help during pregnancy, during labor and even after you give birth. Plus recent studies show that it has virtually no side effects.

During pregnancy: Raspbery Leaf contains a substance called fragrine that strengthens and tones your uterus. This helps prevent miscarriage. The leaves also act as a sort of super prenatal vitamin by replenishing your body with the extra vitamins and minerals it needs to maintain it's overall health. The benefits from the abundance of these vitamins and minerals are numerous and well documented: They encourage healthy skin and bone development in your baby. They help handle the increase in blood volume by improving your circulation. And they strengthen your immunity, and in turn, strengthen your baby's immunity. It also contains a substance that helps control morning sickness.

During labor: If you use Red Raspberry Leaf during pregnancy, your uterus will be nice and toned during delivery. A toned uterus can help you through many different aspects of delivery. First of all, it will contract more powerfully and effectively. Effective contractions mean a shorter, less painful delivery. This lowers the possibility of complications like needing forceps, getting a C-section or hemorrhaging after labor. The extra vitamins and minerals Red Raspberry Leaf provides will replace those lost during delivery.

After giving birth: The fragrine will continue to tone your uterus which will lessen your pain and help it return to it's normal size faster. And the vitamins and minerals will aid in the production of breast milk.

Botanic Choice Liquid Extract,  Raspberry Leaf, 1-Fluid Ounce (Pack of 2)
Botanic Choice Liquid Extract, Raspberry Leaf, 1-Fluid Ounce (Pack of 2)

The correct dose for extract is 1 ml added to a glass of water 3 times a day.

 

Ginger for Pregnancy

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What is Ginger?

Ginger is a miracle herb when it comes to curing nausea from morning sickness. The easiest way to reap the Ginger benefits is to drink either ginger tea or ginger ale at the first sign of nausea. The only problem with this is that it's hard to gauge the amount you're ingesting. A more reliable way is to take ginger supplements.

In 2005, a study was performed to review the results of 6 clinical trials on the effects of ginger during pregnancy. The results of that study showed that ginger presented no harmful effects on either the mom or the baby. The study also reported that since ginger contains a substance that, in theory, could cause birth defects, it should be taken at low doses.

Peppermint Leaf

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What is Peppermint Leaf?

Peppermint Leaf is probably the most controversial herb on this list. Some herbalists say pregnant and lactating women should stay away because ingesting large amounts could trigger a miscarriage. Others say Peppermint Leaf is safe as long as it's taken in small amounts.

Peppermint Leaf contains compounds that stimulate the digestive system. This can help relieve the pain and uncomfortable feeling associated with pregnancy flatulence. The cooling compounds soothe and calm your stomach, lessening your pregnancy associated nausea and vomiting.

Because of it's ability to stimulate menstruation, talk to your midwife before starting a Peppermint Leaf regimen. She can help you figure out if it's safe for you to take and what your correct dosage would be.

Solaray - Peppermint Oil, 60 softgels
Solaray - Peppermint Oil, 60 softgels

How easy is this? Just one capsule a day!

 

Lemon Balm

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What is Lemon Balm?

Lemon Balm is another pregnancy herb that's surrounded by controversy, but not because of proven side effects. Lemon Balm, although rated as likely safe for pregnancy, just hasn't been researched enough. So how did it get rated as safe? Because there's very little anecdotal evidence of Lemon Balm causing complications during pregnancy.

While the side effects haven't been proven, the Lemon Balm benefits have. Drinking a cup of Lemon Balm tea is a quick way to cure those pregnancy blues. While it's lifting your spirits, it will also calm irritability and anxiety. It's kind of like a mood leveler. Lemon Balm also makes a great remedy for indigestion. It's calming abilities soothe the stomach and aid in digestion.

Botanic Choice Alcohol Free Liquid Extract, Lemon Balm, 1-Fl. Oz. (Pack of 2)
Botanic Choice Alcohol Free Liquid Extract, Lemon Balm, 1-Fl. Oz. (Pack of 2)

To reap the benefits from Lemon Balm, mix 1/2 teaspoon of Lemon Balm Extract in a glass of water up to 3 times daily.

 

Pregnancy and Herbs to Avoid

Black Cohosh

Blue Cohosh

Chamomile

Dong Quai

Goldenseal

Passion Flower

Saw Palmetto

Yohimbe

Stinging Nettles

Herbal Recipes For A Healthy Pregnancy

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Basic Ingredients

Frontier Co-op Organic Red RaspberryLeaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag
Frontier Co-op Organic Red RaspberryLeaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 Pound Bulk Bag

For a tea, seep 1 teaspoon dried Raspberry Leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.

During second trimester, drink up to 2 cups daily. During the third trimester, you can gradually increase the amount up to 5 cups daily.

 
Frontier Peppermint Leaf C/s, 16 Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)
Frontier Peppermint Leaf C/s, 16 Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

For tea, steep 1/2 teaspoon of dried Peppermint leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain before drinking.

 
Lemon Balm 8 oz bag of loose tea
Lemon Balm 8 oz bag of loose tea

For a relaxing tea, seep 2 teaspoons of fresh Lemon Balm or 1 teaspoon of dried Lemon Balm in 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.

 

Healthy Pregnancy Tea #1

Pregnancy Tea
Pregnancy Tea

This a basic all purpose tea that includes all the herbs you see above.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp Red Raspberry Leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint Leaf
  • 1 tsp Lemon Balm
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger root

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix the herbs into the water and bring to a boil. Let boil uncovered for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. After 5 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let sit 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Strain out the herbs and pour tea into a large pitcher. Sweeten with honey if desired.
  4. 4. Store in fridge and drink 2 cups a day. It might taste better if you reheat it in the microwave.
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Healthy Pregnancy Tea #2

Pregnancy Tea
Pregnancy Tea

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tsp Raspberry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Rose Hips
  • 1 tsp Alfalfa

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix the herbs into the water and bring to a boil. Let boil uncovered for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. After 5 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let sit 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Strain out the herbs and pour tea into a large pitcher. Sweeten with honey if desired.
  4. 4. Store in fridge and drink 2 cups a day. It might taste better if you reheat it in the microwave.

Healthy Pregnancy Tea #3

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tsp Red Raspberry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Lemon Balm
  • 1 tsp Oatstraw

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix the herbs into the water and bring to a boil. Let boil uncovered for 5 minutes.
  2. 2. After 5 minutes, remove from heat, cover and let sit 10 minutes.
  3. 3. Strain out the herbs and pour tea into a large pitcher. Sweeten with honey if desired.
  4. 4. Store in fridge and drink 2 cups a day. It might taste better if you reheat it in the microwave.

Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath Recipe

herbal bath
herbal bath

You got through the pregnancy. You got through the labor and delivery. Now you just need to get through those first few days of postpartum pain and discomfort. An herbal sitz bath is the perfect way to soothe the pain from an episiotomy and hemorrhoids. Just fill your tub with 6 inches of warm water, add 3 cups of this herbal tea and sit back and relax.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh Lavender flowers
  • 1/4 cup Yarrow flowers
  • 1/4 cup Comfrey leaves
  • 1/4 cup Calendula flowers
  • 1/2 cup Sea Salt
  • 1/2 gallon boiling water

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix herbs and salt into water. Cover and let seep 2-4 hours.
  2. 2. Strain out the herbs and pour the tea into a clean jar. Store in fridge.
  3. 3. Pour 3 cups into every sitz bath and soak at least 15 minutes.
  4. 4. When done soaking, don't rinse off. Just pat yourself dry.
  5. 5. Repeat twice a day for at least 3 days after labor.

Pregnancy Massage Oil Recipe

Herbal Massage oil can be very useful during your pregnancy. When used daily, it can help prevent stretch marks. And if you make a couple batches of this and scent them with different essential oils, you'll have an aroma-therapeutic massage oil ready for any occasion.

For a relaxing oil, add some essential Lavender, Geranium, or Ylang-Ylang oil..

For a romance inspiring oil, add some essential Rose oil.

For the trip to the hospital, add some essential Peppermint oil and essential Clary Sage oil.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel
  • 12 Vitamin E capsules
  • 10 Vitamin A capsules
  • essential oil of your choice

Instructions

  1. 1. Pour the olive oil and the Aloe Vera into a blender.
  2. 2. Squeeze the oil out of the Vitamin E and Vitamin A capsules and toss the empty's in the garbage.
  3. 3. Add enough essential oil until you're satisfied with the scent.
  4. 3. Blend until well mixed, then transfer to an amber colored bottle.
  5. 4. Store in a cool dark place.

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    • earthybirthymum profile image

      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great Lense, RRLT was a staple during my pregnancy and for months after.

      Cheers

      Grace

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Nicely done, such pretty pictures!

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