What herbs are allowed and prohibited for pregnant women?

Herbs are gifts of nature, and some of them help to make life better and even cure certain diseases. But during pregnancy, not all are allowed. Although there are those who, on the contrary, will only benefit.

What herbs are allowed?

So, what herbs for pregnant women will not be dangerous and even help to improve the condition?

  • Herbs with wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties. These include chamomile flowers, plantain leaves, marigold flowers, mother-and-stepmother leaves. All of these plants can be used in inflammatory diseases of the skin, mucous membranes, upper respiratory tract. But useful properties will be available if you use these herbs externally, for example, in the form of lotions, compresses, wiping, irrigation, rinsing or douching.
  • Diuretic plants. They can be used only if there are swelling or a tendency to their development.Help to remove excess fluid and slightly relieve the kidney grass such as cranberries, birch leaves, orthosiphon.
  • With increased nervous excitability, stress, or insomnia, the doctor may recommend such plants as peppermint, valerian root, and motherwort herb. But they should be taken strictly following the dosage.
  • With the manifestations of toxicosis can help such plants as the fruits of fennel (in acceptable dosages), motherwort, mint, lime color.

What are prohibited?

What herbs during pregnancy can not be used?

  • Prohibited to use all herbs that have teratogenic or toxic effects. This group includes wormwood, American laconus, ginseng, bird cherry, fern, comfrey, peony, horsetail, shepherd's purse, noble laurel (bark and roots), forest chistits, European bathing, avran medicinal, larkspur high, henbane, barberry, quinn , tansy, ergot, rosemary, St. John's wort, celandine, ephedra, belladonna and so on.
  • You should not use herbs that can have a stimulating effect on the nervous system. It is a Chinese lemongrass, Radiola pink, Manchurian Aralia, deer grass, Eleutherococcus,
  • Prohibited plants that affect the production of hormones and alter hormonal levels. This group includes: borovoy uterus, red brush, fenugreek, hops, alfalfa, clover, anise, yarrow, dandelion, cinquefoil goose, licorice,
  • You can not use in the period of bearing plants that provoke an increase in contractile activity of the uterus, as this can lead to miscarriage or premature birth. This category includes oregano officinalis, lovage, buckthorn brittle, ergot, curly parsley (in large quantities), nettle, senna, yarrow, raspberry leaves, myrrh tree, shepherd's bag, juniper, thyme, verbena, aloe tree
  • Some plants can change the blood coagulability and thus either cause bleeding, or disrupt the placental blood flow and fetal nutrition in the womb. These include the hyssop medicinal, the birdwort, the cat's paw, nettles, and the common ragwort.
  • Since the load on the kidneys increases significantly during pregnancy, plants that affect the urinary system should not be used.These are horsetail, juniper, madder dyeing, bearberry, rhubarb, cranberry, buds of poplar, pine and birch, blue cornflower, sweet flag, fragrant celery, high pomelo, dill (in large quantities).
  • Some herbs can trigger an increase in blood pressure, which is extremely dangerous during pregnancy. This group includes the immortelle sandy, St. John's wort, licorice root, corn silk, anise.


Finally, some tips for future mothers:

  1. Acceptance of any medicinal plants should be started only after consulting a specialist, as it can harm in your particular case.
  2. Start using any herb with the lowest possible doses to evaluate your body's response. Increase the volume gradually, bringing it to normal.
  3. In the event of unpleasant and even more alarming symptoms, use should be stopped immediately. In order to avoid serious complications tell about your state of health to the doctor.
  4. You can buy any plants only in pharmacies! You should not buy them from grandmothers (it is not known what will be sold to you) or collect them yourself (the ecology in most large cities leaves much to be desired).
  5. Before starting treatment, carefully read the instructions.Accurately observe all the rules and dosages, as well as the instructions of your doctor.
  6. It is undesirable to combine the reception of several plants. First, it is not known how they affect each other. Secondly, it is a significant burden on the body.
  7. If the doctor has given you a collection, then do not be surprised to find in it a forbidden plant. The fact is that some herbs are safe in minimum quantities. In addition, there are plants that neutralize the negative effects of other components of the collection.
  8. If one specialist has assigned you a plant that you doubt, then consult another or even several.

Take herbs seriously and take them only on the advice of your doctor, as some may be dangerous during pregnancy!

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