Here are some questions about herbs that you may ask when you pregnant. Hope the answers here can help you.
Can herbal medicines be used safely during pregnancy?
Yes. Herbs and spices are consumed daily around the world by pregnant women as a natural part of the diet. By taking small amounts and using only herbs that are known to be safe during pregnancy, women can obtain relief for many minor pregnancy complaints; in expert hands, herbs also can be used for more complex pregnancy-related problems. However, herbs are also potent medicinal agents; therefore, great care and precaution are advised during pregnancy.
Whenever possible, avoid the use of herbs during the first trimester. If it is necessary to use herbs during this time, use only herbs with no known teratogenic or abortifacient properties under the supervision of a professional knowledgeable about the use of herbs during pregnancy and in the lowest possible doses. Carefully follow guideline for avoiding herbs that are contraindicated during pregnancy, and use only herbs that are considered safe when necessary.
Can herbs and supplements be used safely to reduce morning sickness?
In one double-blind, randomized cross-over, placebo-controlled study, ginger was found to be significantly more effective than placebo for relieving the symptoms of morning sickness. Although no reports of teratogenicity or mutagenicity due to ginger are found in the literature, some concern has arisen over its ability to inhibit platelet function. Ginger is considered safe to use in small amounts for the reduction of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy but should be used carefully, and dosage should not exceed the quantity used in the clinical trial (1 gm/day). For best results, ginger is taken as a tea or capsule.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) has been used since at least the 1940s to treat morning sickness. In a recent double-blind, randomized trial in pregnant women at less than 17weeks’ gestation, vitamin B6 was shown to have a statistically significant effect in reducing nausea and vomiting. The dose used was 30mg, but some experts postulate that slightly higher doses may be more effective.