Herbs and Supplements to Avoid During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Some herbs and supplements can be harmful to take by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always check with a doctor before taking an herb or supplement.
Herbs and Supplements to Avoid
These herbs and supplements are not safe to take while pregnant or breastfeeding:
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A2. Samavati R, Ducza E, et al. Herbal laxatives and antiemetics in pregnancy. Reprod Toxicol. 2017 Sep;72:153-158.
B1. Räikkönen K, Seckl JR, et al. Maternal prenatal licorice consumption alters hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis function in children. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2010 Nov;35(10):1587-1593.
C. Red Clover
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D1. Ahmed M, Hwang JH, et al. Safety classification of herbal medicines used among pregnant women in Asian countries: a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Nov 14;17(1):489.
Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 5/26/2020
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