VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS WOMEN SHOULD AVOID
Herbs Women Should Avoid
Some herbs area not healthy for a woman to take,especially if she is nursing, pregnant, or thinks she may become pregnant soon.While herbs are all natural, they are not all healthy, and some of them can bequite harmful. It’s important to thoroughly research any herb or supplementbefore taking it to insure that it will have only the most positive effects onyour health.
Herbs that should be avoided by women at all costinclude Black cohosh, blue cohosh, pennyroyal, ginger, dong quai, licorice (yesladies, this does include the candy!) and fenugreek. These herbal supplementshave a variety of side effects that can be devastating to the woman’s body,especially a pregnant woman.
Black cohosh is occasionally used under the direction of an experienced herbalist, doctor, or midwife, in order to encourage contractions and labor toward the end of a pregnancy. If it is taken any earlier than this in any amount, can cause a miscarriage.
Blue cohosh, like its brother herb, should also never be taken in an quantity during pregnancy, for fear of causing contractions which could lead to early labor and miscarriage.
Pennyroyal is an herb that can cause hemorrhaging and death in a pregnant woman. Like Cohosh, it can also cause contractions and in fact, was even given throughout history in large doses to women in order to make them abort.
Ginger is a great herb to alleviate nausea and flu like symptoms, however during pregnancy can actually case birth defects to the unborn child much like the use of drugs can. Ginger should be avoided both during pregnancy, and during conception.
Dong quai is yet another herb that can cause premature uterine contractions along with birth defects, and therefore should be avoided prior to conception as well as throughout pregnancy.
Licorice and its black candy (the red varieties do not contain actual licorice) can be very aggravating for those trying to conceive. Licorice decreases the likelihood of conception and also increases blood pressure.
Fenugreek is in line with the above mentioned herbs. This herb also causes uterine contraction during pregnancy which can easily lead to miscarriages and should be strictly avoided in pregnant women.