Before you become a mother you don’t need to worry about the herbs you take affecting anyone but yourself. As soon as you become pregnant then all of a sudden the herbs you take affect more than just you. An herb that for you alone my be good might be better avoided during pregnancy.
Many herbs contain steroids that can affect the baby’s development during pregnancy and/or nursing. Others may be of a mild toxic type, and others may be strong uterine stimulants. Please read this section carefully and take heed.
Herbs to avoid while pregnant
Angelica – stimulates suppressed menstruation.
Black Cohosh – uterine stimulant – mostly used during labor.
Blue Cohosh – a stronger uterine stimulant.
Borage oil – a uterine stimulant – use only during the last few days of pregnancy.
Comfrey – can cause liver problems in mother and fetus – use only briefly, externally only, for treating sprains and strains.
Dong Quai – may stimulate bleeding.
Elder – do not use during pregnancy or lactation.
Fenugreek – uterine relaxant, especially avoid fenugreek extract.
Goldenseal – too powerful an antibiotic for the developing fetus, also should not be used if nursing.
Henbane – highly toxic.
Horsetail – too high in silica for the developing fetus.
Licorice Root – can create water retention and/or elevated blood pressure.
Motherwort – stimulates suppressed menstruation.
Mugwort – can be a uterine stimulant.
Nutmeg – can cause miscarriage in large doses.
Pennyroyal Leaf – stimulates uterine contractions (NOTE: Pennyroyal essential oil should not be used by pregnant women at any time!) – do not handle if pregnant or nursing.
Rue – strong expellant.
Saffron – can cause miscarriage and other problems.
Shepherd’s Purse – used only for hemmorhaging during/after childbirth.
Uva Ursi – removes too much blood sugar during pregnancy and nursing.
Yarrow – uterine stimulant.
I wish you or your loved one a happy healthy pregnancy and remember even though we gave you these herbs to avoid trust your body and if you have doubt just take the safe choice.