Pre pregnancy herbs

The safety of preconception herbal remedies during pregnancy can be hard to understand and worrisome. There are some words that are important to know when considering how herbs may affect your pregnancy. While many medications have been tested on animals to see the potential for harmful effects, most herbs are not. Because we are a preconception natural fertility based website, I feel it is extremely important to cover this topic. Hopefully providing pregnancy safety information on the most popular preconception herbs, that are part of our Natural Fertility Shop, will help all of you to make informed decisions about when to use certain herbs in the menstrual cycle, how they may affect pregnancy, and when to discontinue them.
Dong quai (Angelica sinensis): Not for use during menstruation, when trying to conceive, during pregnancy or breastfeeding. While Vitex can be used to help a miscarriage that is acute, for safety reasons it is best to use at least 3 months prior to conception, and another progesterone therapy such as progesterone cream to maintain stable progesterone levels once pregnancy has occurred.
Stopping Vitex cold turkey in the first trimester of pregnancy may affect hormone levels, or it may not, it depends on many different factors individual to each woman.
If you are using Vitex while trying to conceive and you are worried about continuing it into pregnancy, it may be best to use it prior to ovulation only.

One way to ensure optimal wellness in pregnancy, besides eating a nutrient dense, high protein diet and regular exercise, is to consume nutritive herbs.
Red Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus): An herb that supplies high levels of iron and other minerals to the uterus, it can help to build a nourishing uterine lining. If you have any of the following conditions and desire to use a natural approach to healing, which may include the use of herbs, please find a qualified herbalist, midwife or naturopathic doctor, someone you can work one-on-one with. There are hundreds of herbs that can safely be used in pregnancy under the right circumstances, prescribed by qualified professional care of your midwife, herbalist or naturopathic doctor. The general approach by herbalists for miscarriage prevention support is to continue the herbal miscarriage prevention protocol, in this case Vitex, until at least 2 weeks past the last weeks’ gestation of the previous miscarriage. Working with a health practitioner once you are pregnant to help you keep your progesterone levels up is the wisest option at that point. It is best to wean yourself off of vitex over time, 1-2 weeks if you find out you are pregnant. This is because EPO has been used to prepare (ripen) the cervix, in the last trimester of pregnancy, for hundreds of years by midwives. For example: if the previous miscarriage occurred at 8 weeks, continue the formula until at least 10 weeks.

If you are actively trying to conceive and using Dong quai within the same cycle, discontinue use of the herb right after ovulation and resume after your menstrual cycle has ended and you know you are not pregnant. This is either done by rubbing the cervix with the oil, having the mother use an EPO capsule as a vaginal suppository, or having the mother take it in internally the last few weeks of her pregnancy. Remember, it is extremely important to work with an herbal practitioner, someone who can monitor your herbal program.
Discontinue use of Tribulus once you find out you are pregnant, or if you think you may be pregnant. If a woman is pregnant, or thinks she may be pregnant, she should not not use EPO because the uterus may begin to contract.
In some women this may lead to pre-term labor or miscarriage; though there is little evidence as such. Nonetheless, it is always best to use caution when using EPO if you think you may be pregnant.

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