List of Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy?

List of Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy?


Over the years, our live chat with doctor team at Just Health Experts has received many questions from users asking, which list of herbs to avoid during pregnancy. This is why we’ve decided to write a review on the subject. 

Have you ever wondered what types of herbs should I avoid during pregnancy? It is believed that herbs are safer than regular medicine because they are natural products. A normal healthy person can use herbs without much risk. Most doctors do not recommend that pregnant women use herbs because they can hurt the baby. There are three main reasons herbs can be harmful to pregnant women. First, the herb might change something in the mother’s that can cause harm. Second, the herb can be absorbed by the baby and cause harm. Lastly, herbs might contain an unknown medicine that can cause harm to the mother or baby. Overall, there is not enough information on herbs to be sure that they are completely safe during pregnancy.

There are a few herbs that should be avoided because it is well known that they can be harmful to a pregnant woman.

Here is a list of herbs to avoid:
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Goldenseal
  • Dong Quai
  • Ephedra
  • Black Cohosh
  • Blue Cohosh
Herbs to Take While Pregnant

Even though some herbs can be bad for pregnant women, there are some that can be helpful. Some doctors recommend using herbs to help with pregnancy symptoms. Deciding to use herbs is a personal choice and one you should make with a doctor. If you decide to use an herb, make sure that you use one that has been tested for purity. You want to be sure that your herbal product only contains what the label states.

Here is a list of herbs to try:

  • Peppermint – This herb can help with morning sickness.
  • Ginger Root – This herb can help with nausea and vomiting.
  • Oat – This herb can help with anxiety and restlessness

So, if you still have the question, what types of herbs should I avoid during pregnancy, to be sure that the product you are using will be safe you can live chat with a doctor. They will be able to tell you if there is a risk to your baby if you decide to use a product.

For more information about herbal products you can take while pregnant, you can live chat with doctor at Just Health Experts.

Written by Dr. Larisa Roybal, PharmD

Dr. Larisa Roybal is a Doctor of Pharmacy graduate of the University of Colorado. She has experience in clinical pharmacy, medical information, and drug safety.

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