For generations, women have used several herbs safely during pregnancy and many are widely recommended by midwives. Many of these herbs provide vitamins and minerals that are needed during pregnancy. These herbs can also help with blood count and prevent anemia in addition to helping birth your baby smoothly.  Pregnant women can either take these herbs by drinking them in a tea, which is the most popular method, or incorporating them into their meals. Herbal teas are not only beneficial due to the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients they provide but they are also naturally caffeine free. It is generally recommended that all herbs be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. Many women start drinking herbal pregnancy teas at the start of their second trimester up until they give birth. Many will continue to drink herbal teas after birth, but may change to a herbal tea that helps with lactation.  While the following herbs are safe to take during pregnancy, there are still others that are known to be unsafe for consumption during pregnancy.  The following herbs are beneficial during pregnancy:

  • Red Raspberry Leaf- The most popular and widely known herb for pregnancy is best known for making the uterine muscles work more efficiently during labor by strengthening them. Research has also shown that red raspberry leaf can also expedite labor. This herb is also known for helping to prevent anemia and relieving leg cramps, due to its calcium and magnesium content.
  • Strawberry Leaf-This herb is known to provide key minerals, vitamins, and alkaloids that promote a healthy pregnancy. Strawberry leaf also helps to tone and nourish the uterus.
  • Alfalfa- High in many nutritive minerals and vitamins, including Vitamin K. Vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting. Many midwives recommend that pregnant women drink teas which contain alfalfa during the final trimester, in order to prevent and decrease postpartum hemorrhaging and bleeding.
  • Nettle- Not only an excellent source of folic acid, which is essential during pregnancy, nettle is also an excellent source of Vitamin K. There are many benefits to drinking this herb during and after pregnancy. Benefits include preventing hemorrhaging after birth, decreasing pain during childbirth, and reducing hemorrhoids,
  • Dandelion Leaf- An excellent source of calcium, iron, and potassium. This herb not only eases fluid retention by eliminating water from the system but also increases digestion.
  • Ginger Root- Eases morning sickness and provides relief from nausea.

DISCLAIMER: This blog’s purpose is to promote the sharing of information about herbs and a healthy pregnancy. The views and opinions of Marie Slesarenko  are offered for your information and are not intended to constitute medical advice. Before using any herbs during pregnancy, consult a licensed medical professional.