Natural Pregnancy Remedies: Herbs
Herbs are the original medicines, and many current medications are derived from herbal remedies. However, just because an herb is plucked from the ground and made into a tea does not mean that it is completely harmless and should always be used with caution, especially when used as a natural pregnancy remedy. Licorice root is a good example of this. The root tastes good and has been used for centuries as a tea and sweetener. As its use increased, people discovered that excessive ingestion could cause high blood pressure, water retention and other side effects.
Like licorice root, any herbal remedy or medication that has a beneficial effect may also have negative side effects. For this same reason, herbal remedies may interfere with prescription medications. One of the frustrations with herbs is that there are often limited studies and the potency of herbal compounds can depend greatly on where the herb is grown and harvested and how it is preserved or prepared.
This is why it is vital that you discuss with your doctor all remedies that you are taking, including prescription medications, natural pregnancy remedies like herbs, supplements, teas or other "over the counter"/nonprescription remedies. Keep in mind that because we sometimes have no way of knowing or guaranteeing their safety, we may recommend that you stop using supplements during your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor or midwife, they should be able to provide you with a list of safe natural pregnancy remedies!