There are many herbs that are helpful to humans, however, some are known to potentially cause complications or risk during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding. This is not an exhaustive list, so please check with a health practitioner before taking any herbs or nutritional supplements if you are pregnant or nursing.
- Alfalfa — in large quantities it can stimulate hormones
- Aloe Vera should not be used internally, however, it may be appropriate for external use
- Black or Blue Cohosh unless your pregnancy provider has recommended it and explained risks/benefits
- Chestnut Leaf
- Dandelion Root (while nursing)
- Dong Quai
- Golden Seal
- Harsh laxative-type herbs, or strong cleanses
- Milkweed, internally
- Parsley (may dry up milk)
- Sage (may reduce milk supply)
- Schizandra Berry
- Shepherd’s Purse, unless expressly used by health care practitioner for hemorrhage or other specific condition
- Suma — use with caution
- Tansy— avoid also if you are trying to conceive.
- Turkey Rhubarb
Again, this is not a full and complete list. This is not intended as medical advice, or to replace your advice by a health care practitioner. Always do your own research, too!
All Rights Reserved, Kimberly Sebeck, Knoxville Doula, 2011