Subscribe for daily wellness inspiration

Like onlymyhealth on Facebook!

Herbs to Avoid during Pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 06, 2012
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Quick Bites

  • Herbs, as opposed to what they are thought to be, can be harmful if taken during pregnancy.
  • Some popular herbs known to be highly beneficial for people that turn out to be detrimental to a pregnant woman's health include aloe vera, jasmine and garlic.
  • Other things to be avoided during pregnancy include alcohol, tobacco, etc.

More

Similar to certain medical drugs, there are several herbs that can be harmful during pregnancy. When it comes to foetal development, don't take inadequate measures.

Harmful herbs for pregnant womenInstead, adopt a safe and secure way to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Some of the herbs during pregnancy are considered unsafe due to their ability to induce complications such as  uterine contractions leading to miscarriage, preterm birth or foetal injury. Among other risks associated with herbs during pregnancy are high blood pressure and birth defects.

[Read: What Not to Eat during Pregnancy]

Herbal remedies of pregnancy include intake of herbal supplements, herbal medicines or medicinal herbs. Available as powdered formulation, herbal infusions, capsules or tablets at the pharmacies, these are not advised, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. Consultation with a health care provider is advised before taking any herbal remedies during pregnancy or labour.

Herbal Preparations to Avoid during Pregnancy and Labour


There are several herbs that should be completely avoided during pregnancy and labour or used with caution. Mentioned below are the herbal remedies accompanied by the reasons why they should be avoids during pregnancy and labour.

  1. Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis): may cause miscarriage and birth defects. Among long-term complications are potassium deficiency, heart problems and muscle weakness.
  2. Clove (Sanguinaria Anadensis): may cause liver complications and blood clotting.
  3. Jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum): may cause contractions, miscarriage or premature labour.
  4. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia): may lead to liver toxicity.
  5. Anise/Aniseed (Pimpinella Anisum): may cause skin irritation.
  6. Garlic (Allium Sativa): may lead to complications such as uterine contractions and miscarriage.
  7. Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Xanthoclora): may cause liver toxicity with large doses.
  8. Squaw Vine (Mitchella Repens): cause uterine stimulation, miscarriage or early labour during pregnancy.
  9. Alder Buckthorn (Rhamnus Frangula): may cause cramp-like discomfort and nausea.
  10. Barberry (Berberis Vulgaris): may cause strong contractions, low blood sugar and foetal distress.
  11. Arbor Vitae (Thuja Occidentalis): may cause complications such as vomiting, seizures, diarrhoea, asthma and miscarriage
  12. Bitter Orange (Citrus Aurantium): may cause heart irregularities and stroke.
  13. Beth Root (Trillium Erectum)  : referred to as stomach irritant, it may cause miscarriage or intense labour.
  14. Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium): herb’s toxicity may hamper liver and kidneys. It may lead to bloody vomiting, alleviated blood pressure and blood clotting disorders.
  15. Oregano (Origanum Marjoricum): may cause uterine stimulation, leading to miscarriage.

[Read: Side-effects of Prenatal Vitamins]

Other Things to Avoid during Pregnancy


Like the aforementioned herbs, alcohol should be avoided during pregnancy, which may lead to foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The syndrome disrupts the nervous system or leads to mental abnormalities. Indulgence or getting in contact with smoking is also harmful for expectant mothers.


Read more articles on Pregnancy Diet

 

Related Articles
  • Things to Avoid during PregnancyThings to Avoid during Pregnancy

    Things to Avoid during Pregnancy - Find a checklist of things that includes activities and foods that should be avoided during pregnancy.

    read more
  • Products to Avoid during PregnancyProducts to Avoid during Pregnancy

    Products to avoid during Pregnancy - aYou should err on the safe side during pregnancy and avoid some products that contain ingredients that are even suspected of having harmful properties for the foetus.

    read more
4.8 / 5(4 Ratings)
Write a Review
Post a Comment
Disclaimer +
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.
Comments
  • bhawna27 Sep 2012
    herbs ko avoid kerna chaihiye pregnancy me......good tips.
  • jyoti27 Sep 2012
    thanx for nice tips.....
  • jyoti27 Sep 2012
    thanx for nice tips.....
  • P21 Aug 2012
    Parsley is also considered to be a no no for consumption during conception and pregnancy.

Medical Miracle

India’s pregnant man?India’s pregnant man?