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Q&A: Safe natural supplements to take during pregnancy?

What kinds of natural supplements are safe to take during pregnancy?

Re: What kinds of natural supplements are safe to take during pregnancy?

The Bump Expert

You're smart to ask -- those "natural" supplements aren't automatically safe for baby... and won't necessarily help you out. Here's what's safe, what isn't, and what's currently caught in controversy.

The Good
Alfalfa
: Full of vitamin K, which helps blood clotting.
Chamomile: Can help ease nausea (always a plus!) and is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Fish Oil: Contains omega-3 fatty acids, and can boost both baby's coordination and mom's mood.

The Bad
Saw Palmetto: May cause hormonal activity, something you probably don't need more of.
Dong Quai: Found to be a uterine stimulant and has relaxant effects... need we say more?
Black/Blue Cohosh: Can induce labor in women who are not fully to term.
Feverfew: A great headache remedy, yes, but since it can cause allergic reactions pregnant women are advised to stay away.

The Debatable
St. John's Wort:
Some docs tout it as an alternative treatment for depression, but there's little research to say it's safe for baby.
Red Raspberry Leaf: Richin iron and can decrease nausea, protect against miscarriage and ease labor pains, but some say it isn't safe during the first trimester.

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Natural supplements?

would it be unsafe to use a moisturizer with ferverfew while pregnant?

julisuz |

Q&A: Safe natural supplements to take during pregnancy?

i work at a heath food store and red raspberry leaf is good during the entire pregnancy... it helps strengthen uterine walls. FOLIC ACID! FOLIC ACID! FOLIC ACID! if you dont eat any fish, take a fish oil supplement. it's so crucial to the babys development!! (get one that's enteric coated so you dont get the fishy burp backs) feverfew should be ok topically. you're just not supposed to take it internally.

evajean85 |

Q&A: Safe natural supplements to take during pregnancy?

I have had IBS for about 2 years now. I was on prescription medication to control the symptoms of intense abdominal cramping and constant diarhhea. I was able to come off the prescription medication by taking acidophilus and probiotic capsules every morning. I stopped when I found out I was pregnant but the symptoms are back and I'm miserable. I started to take them again because everything I have read on the internet says its safe to controversial. Does anyone know if this is okay to be taking?

vh3delta |

Q&A: Safe natural supplements to take during pregnancy?

Herbalife has some safe remedies for IBS that are AMAZING. You can order it at www.shopherbalife.com/combs. :)

vanessa.combs |

Q&A: Safe natural supplements to take during pregnancy?

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