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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?

Is it safe to take a ginger supplement when pregnant to subside the nasea!

angielynne77 |