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Herbs & Pregnancy

Herbs and roots can be natural alternatives to several medicines. On the other hand, they can be powerful medicines that can sometimes do more harm than good. In fact, the list of herbs that pregnant women should avoid is too long to mention.

One root that may be safe to use to treat morning sickness is ginger root. Even ginger should be used carefully. You should speak with your doctor about proper dosage.

The rule of thumb when considering the use of herbs is to ALWAYS consult your doctor first. As with any prescription or OTC drugs you are currently taking, you should also make your doctor aware of any herbs and roots you may be ingesting too, even if taken with tea. This should be revealed at your first OB/GYN appointment to confirm pregnancy. Many herbs can do some damage in the all important first trimester.

When you are in your ninth month and over your due date, you may be tempted to try and induce labor yourself. Many midwives will suggest that you try blue and black cohosh; however most of the time, the blue and black cohosh will bring on contractions, but not labor.

There have been links between using herbs to induce labor and blood pressure problems, along with possible fetal distress. That is why you should seek the approval and guidance of your doctor or midwife before ingesting these herbs.

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