Herbs to Avoid during Pregnancy

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However, all herbs or herbal treatments (with the exception of a very few) should be regarded with a critical eye once you become pregnant. And then there are herbs that should be viewed with caution. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy.

Herbs to Completely Avoid During Pregnancy:

Herb:

Reason to Avoid:

Aloe Vera

The leaves are strong and should not be taken by mouth.

Arbor vitae (Thuja occidentalis)

A uterine and menstrual stimulant that could damage the fetus.

Autumn crocus (Colichicum autumnale)

Can affect cell division and lead to birth defects.

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)

Contains high levels of berberine, known to stimulate uterine contractions.

Basil oil

A uterine stimulant; use only during labor.

Beth root (Trillium erectum)

A uterine stimulant; use only during labor.

Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosus)

May lead to premature contractions; avoid unless under professional guidance. Safe to use during childbirth.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

A uterine stimulant that in quite small doses also causes vomiting.

Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

A uterine stimulant to avoid unless under professional guidance. Safe to use during childbirth.

Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

Causes uterine contractions so should be avoided during pregnancy; in parts of Europe it is given after the birth to prevent blood loss.

Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus)

Interferes with hormone production in the pituitary gland, best avoided.

Clove oil

A uterine stimulant used only during labor.

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Contains toxic chemicals that will cross the placenta; do not ingest orally.

Cotton root (Gossypium herbaceum)

Uterine stimulant traditionally given to encourage contractions during a difficult labor, but rarely used medically today.

Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)

Uterine stimulant

Dong quai (Angelica polymorpha var. sinensis)

Uterine and menstrual stimulant, best avoided during pregnancy; ideal after childbirth.

False unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum)

A hormonal stimulant to avoid unless under professional guidance.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)

Uterine stimulant; may cause premature contractions.

Golden seal (Hydrastis canadensis)

Uterine stimulant; may lead to premature contractions but safe during childbirth.

Greater celandine (Chelidonium majus)

Uterine stimulant; may cause premature contractions.

Juniper and juniper oil (Juniperus communis)

A uterine stimulant; use only during labor.

Lady's mantle (Alchemilla xanthoclora)

A uterine stimulant; use only in labor.

Liferoot (Senecio aureus)

A uterine stimulant containing toxic chemicals that will cross the placenta.

Mistletoe (Viscum album)

A uterine stimulant containing toxic chemicals that may cross the placenta.

Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris)

A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.

American pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegioides)

Reputed uterine stimulant to be avoided during pregnancy.

European pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)

A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.

Peruvian bark (Cinchona officinalis)

Toxic used in excess may cause blindness and coma. Used to treat malaria and given during pregnancy only to malaria sufferers under professional guidance.

Pokeroot (Phytolacca decandra)

May cause birth defects.

Pseudoginseng (Panax notoginseng)

May cause birth defects.

Pulsatilla (Anemone pulsatilla)

Menstrual stimulant best avoided during pregnancy; limited use during lactation.

Rue (Ruta graveolens)

Uterine and menstrual stimulant; may cause premature contractions.

Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)

A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects.

Shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

A uterine stimulant; use only during labor.

Southernwood (Artemisia abrotanum)

A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.

Squill (Urginea maritima)

A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects.

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects.

Wild yam (Diascorea villosa)

A uterine stimulant to avoid unless under professional guidance; safe during labor.

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthum)

A uterine stimulant that may also cause birth defects; avoid unless under professional guidance. Also avoid when breastfeeding.

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Comments

would i be pregnant? my last period was on the 7th i had unprotected sex the 18th and took a pregnon in the afternoon but later on the 20th had a broken condom issue... do you think im pregnant? also i have been seeing some brown thickish discharge when i use the toilet since about two days ago, advise me please.

My boyfriend came inside me on the 18th then i took a pregnon but then later he said the condom burst on the 20th do you think i would be pregnant given my period ended on the was on the 7th or there about?

i have sex relation yesterday and my husband told me that he had discharged inside me... my last menstruation was 17 january 2012... is there a possibility of getting pregnant?

Please I want 2know d english version of these herbs & also want to know if its healthy to take greentea when one is yet to conceive? Thanks

Please I want 2know d english version of these herbs & also want to know if its healthy to take greentea when one is yet to conceive? Thanks

I'm a massage therapist trying to conceive but use many aromatherapys in my practice. A main essential oil I use is clove. Can it cause problems in me conceiving by inhaleing it or through transdermal contact during sessions.

My daughter made love with her partner and he came in her, the first day of her period was on the 10th of this month; is it a probability that she might be pregnant?
Thank you

the herbs names given above Icannot understand please give the names in english

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I have been with my husband for 8 years....I recently got off the pill in 2/10....was on pravera for 4 months...then got off that...cycles were 28 days then 31 days then for 2 months it was 36 days.....now I am at 41 days and counting...Now I am having signs of being pregnant...I am having cramps in my lower stomach....breast are tender... unable to go to the bathroom regularly....feeling very bloated....Seems like i am peeing every hour... I have to take power naps after work....also crying for wierd reasons...I know it sounds like I'm pregnant but.....took 2 test and both were negative....I don't know what to think....gonna go to Dr in a week if nothing happens.....

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