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Pregnancy & Herbs Pt II

Not all herbs are unsafe during pregnancy, and some are very useful for both you and your baby, offering additional nutrition for health and development, and helping your pregnancy go even smoother.

Here is a small list of herbs that can help you during and after your pregnancy, and always be sure to check with your healthcare practioner or midwife before taking any herbs during pregnancy.

  • Black Haw – used in the early stages to prevent miscarriage
  • Blessed Thistle – to be used in the latter stages of pregnancy as a liver tonic and builder, as well as a stimulant of blood flow to the mammaries, and used to increase milk production; also reduces hemorrhaging during childbirth
  • Burdock Root – high concentration of vitamins and minerals and is a liver booster
  • Chamomile – lifts the spirits and calms the nerves, used to help digestion during pregnancy, is combined with ginger to help morning sickness, and has a high calcium content as well as an anti-inflammatory aid
  • Cramp Bark – used to prevent miscarriage and relieve menstrual cramps and spasms after childbirth – do not use in large doses as it may cause diarrhea
  • Dandelion – greens and root – a high source of vitamins and minerals, aids digestion, nourishes and tones the system, diuretic, useful for fatigue and exhaustion, liver booster, cleanses blood
  • Ginger Root – used for morning sickness and digestive problems – try candied ginger root, safe during pregnancy for treating colds, sore throats, and congestion
  • Lemon Balm/Sweet Melissa – if you are sick during pregnancy – such as a cold or flu – this is an excellent and safe to use tonic, good internally and externally as an anti-viral
  • Nettle Leaf – rich in many vitamins and minerals, especially iron, so it is very useful for those suffering from chronic fatigue and exhaustion due to low iron, aids in enriching and stimulating flow of milk; good for use throughout all stages of the pregnancy
  • Red Raspberry Leaf – tones and nourishes the uterine muscles, rich in vitamins and minerals, enriches and increases milk flow, restores the system after childbirth; good for the entire pregnancy
  • Spirulina – high in nutrients including vitamins and minerals, amino acids, boosts immune system and is an excellent source of iron – highly recommended throughout all stages of pregnancy and lactation

Please see the list of herbs to avoid during pregnancy and always check to be sure what you are using is safe.