Warning! Harmful Herbal Supplements For Pregnant Women: 13 Medicinal Plants For Women That May Not Be Safe

Sep 19, 2016

Not all herbal supplements or homeopathic remedies may be good for you and your baby. These days, the use of medicinal plants speaks to many women’s desires to have a more holistic medicine-based approach to their pregnancy. Unfortunately, green moms-to-be are likely to seek out herbal medicines during their pregnancy due to the perception they’re “more natural and safer” than pharmaceutical medicines and their possible side effects. Many times, while the intent is a good one, the holistic medicine approach may in fact do more harm than good.

Though trending, the use of holistic medicine and homeopathic remedies for treating ailments and health prevention may have potent pharmacological actions that can lead to miscarriages.  “People think that anything that’s green must be safe,” said Edzard Ernst, a professor at Exeter University’s department of complementary medicine, in an interview with The Daily Mail.

Ernst spoke to the newspaper when scientists announced that one of the most popular herbal supplements on the market, gingko biloba, could contain a toxin known to damage the unborn. “This latest research is more evidence showing that it isn’t. We have virtually no positive safety data for any of the popular supplements.’”

Parents magazine also warns pregnant women to be very cautious, stating “scientists have not thoroughly studied the safety of using herbal supplements in pregnancy. In fact, some smaller studies have shown that a number of these products can stimulate uterine contractions, which may increase the risk of preterm labor.”

Ultimately, although alternative medicine has cured ailments throughout time, there’s too much risk still today in its unchartered territory for usage during pregnancy. Robert Caddick, MD, an obstetrician at Moncton Hospital in Moncton, New Brunswick, says he typically does not recommend herbal supplements to his pregnant patients.

“Do I advise people to take herbs? Not particularly,” says Caddick. “The reason I don’t is because we don’t know a lot about them. Whether they do any good is a hard question.”

To this end, here are 13 plants that are commonly recommended to pregnant women, but that are still not considered one hundred percent safe for usage. So before you take anything medication or herbal supplement, check with your doctor first to be on the safe side.

  • Ginger Root

    Said to help the nausea of morning sickness. According to WebMd, Ginger seems to aid digestion and saliva flow. Experts say it can be dangerous for pregnant women high doses. Check with your doctor.

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