Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

Herbs serve so many benefits during pregnancy, such as Red Rasberry Leaves which eases morning sickness and has been shown to reduce pain during labor and after birth. However, some herbs are too strong to use during pregnancy. The list below is provided on the Motherlove website.

Which cleansing herbs are too strong or irritating?

Arnica
Barberry
Bee Balm
Black walnut
Blessed thistle
Catnip
Chapparal
Chicory
Colsfoot
Comfrey
Ephedra
Fenugreek
Gentian
Horehound
Horsetail
Ipecac
Juniper berries
Lobelia
Oregon grape root
Poke root
Rhubarb root
Rosemary
Uva ursi
Yarrow

Which laxative herbs are too strong to use at this time?

Aloe vera
Buckthorn
Butternut
Cascara sagrada

Which herbs that affect hormones are contraindicated during pregnancy?

Borage
Damiana
Dong quai
Licorice
Sarsparilla
Siberian ginseng
Vitex (can be used the first trimester)

Which herbs bring on contractions or bleeding?

Angelica
Birthwort (bethwort)
Black cohosh (may be used in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy)
Blue cohosh (may be used in the last 2 weeks of pregnancy)
Cotton root
Elecampane
Fenugreek
Feverfew
Goldenseal
Horehound
Lovage
Mistletoe
Motherwort
Mugworts
Myrrh
Osha
Parsley
Pennyroyal
Rue
Sage
Tansy
Thuja
Thyme
Turmeric
Wormwood

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