Medicinal plants that should be avoided during Pregnancy and Lactation Heilpflanzen, die während der Schwangerschaft und Stillzeit gefährlich sind Plantas Medicinales que se deben evitar durante el Embarazo y Lactancia

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Medicinal plants that should be avoided during Pregnancy and Lactation

Plants have been used by humans since ancient times in order to look after our health and heal our bodies.From the year 1552, around 1200 known herbs have been used and according to statistics about 80% of latin people preserve the use of herbs to treat certain ailments in modern day.

However, despite being natural, there are some plants that are not suitable for the stage of pregnancy and lactation and there are even some that can have a similar effect to drugs, which affects fetal development. Many of the active substances found in plants can cross the placenta, or be passed through the breast to the baby, which is why their use should be avoided during this period.

An example to illustrate is aloe vera: Considered safe, it is often used to treat constipation problems. However, it has a side effect which can cause uterine contractions. Also Mugwort, commonly used to treat colic and indigestion, can produce abnormalities in the fetus.

Another consideration to keep in mind is that medicinal herbs can intervene with some medications and decreasing their effects, so it is always important to consult your doctor about the use of herbs and medicinal plants, especially when you are taking a previous medication.

Effects of medicinal herbs during pregnancy and / or breastfeeding

Below is a list of commonly used herbs that can be dangerous during pregnancy, however, there are still more whose consumption is not advised at this stage.

Barberry (Berberis vulgaris): May cause or stimulate uterine contractions and bleeding.

Wormwood aluinos (Arthemisia absinthium): Causes fetal abnormalities and stimulates bleeding. May also be passed to the baby through breastfeeding.

Arnica (Arnica Montana): Stimulates the uterus and bleeding.

Buckthorn, Fragula (Rammus frangula): works by stimulating the bowel, can cause uterine contractions.

Field parsley (ligusticum porteri): Stimulates bleeding and can be passed via breastfeeding to the baby.

Blue Cimifuga (Gaulophyllum thalictroides): Can cause uterine contractions

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale): It is toxic to the baby and can be passed through breast feeding, so it is recommended to avoid consumption.

Huitlacoche (Ustilago maydis): It can stimulate uterine contractions.

Maidenhair (Adiantum capillus-veneris): Stimulates uterine contractions and can also stimulate bleeding.

Drumstick tree (Cassia fistula): Stimulates the bowel and can also cause uterine contractions.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa): While it is a plant that it is attributed to conception, it is not advisable to consume during pregnancy because it can stimulate bleeding.

Dioscorea (Dioscorea villosa): Stimulates uterine contractions.

Dong quai (Angelica sinensis): Used to purify the blood, can stimulate bleeding.

Epazote, ragweed (Chenopodium ambrosioides): Due to its laxative effect, it can stimulate uterine contractions and can also be passed to the baby through breast milk.

Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris): It can affect fetal development, causing abnormalities. Stimulates bleeding and can be passed to the baby through breastfeeding.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus): Its use during pregnancy may increase the risk of bleeding. It can also be passed through breast milk.

Farafra, cat's claw, paw mule (coltsfoot Tussilago): Its components can be passed through breast milk.

Devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens): It can stimulate uterine contractions.

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi): During pregnancy it can reduce the blood supply to the uterus.

Gingko biloba (Gingko biloba): Can be passed through breastfeeding the baby.

Herb cinch, black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) Stimulates bleeding. Passesd through breast milk.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis): It can stimulate bleeding.

Senna Leaves (Cassia angustifolia) Stimulates bleeding and can be passed through breastfeeding.

Malva (Malvestrum sylvestris): Passed on through breastfeeding the baby.

Manaca (Brunfelsia uniflorus): Stimulates bleeding and uterine contractions.

Mandrake, Podophyllum (Phodophyllum peltatum): It is very toxic in pregnancy, can be passed on through breastfeeding and can cause abnormalities in the developing fetus.

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare): Stimulates bleeding.

Matarique (Cassia angustifolia) can stimulate bleeding and its components can be passed on through breastfeeding.

Yarrow (Achillea millenfolium): Stimulates bleeding.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): can cause uterine contractions and is passed on through breastfeeding.

Licorice (Glycyrrizha glabra): Passed through breastfeeding.

Pennyroyal mint (Mentha pulegium): Its use is not recommended during pregnancy as it can cause fetal abnormalities.

Ephedra, Ma Huang, Mormon you (Ephedra vulgaris): During pregnancy it can reduce blood supply to the uterus. It can also be passed on to the baby through breast milk.

Red Quina (Cinchona ledgeriana): Stimulates uterine contractions.

Rue (Ruta graveolens): Stimulates bleeding and can be passed to the baby through breastfeeding.

Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum): Stimulates bleeding and passes to the baby through breast milk.

Lithospermum (bloodroot canadensis): Stimulates bleeding and can be passed on to the baby through breast milk.

Aloe Vera (Aloe socotrine): It affects bowel mobility and can cause uterine contractions. It can also be passed to the baby through breastfeeding.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): As a side effect can cause uterine contractions.

Tansy (Thuja occidentalis): Can produce fetal abnormalities, stimulate uterine contractions and bleeding, also passes through breastfeeding and is toxic.

Tuya (Thuja occidentalis): It can stimulate uterine contractions and bleeding, so its use is discouraged. Furthermore, passing through breastfeeding baby and is toxic.

Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis): It can stimulate bleeding and is passed through breast milk to the baby.

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7 Reviews about Medicinal plants that should be avoided during Pregnancy and Lactation
on 23/03/2016
Wow, I had no idea that so many herbs could be harmful or cause complications in pregnancy and/or lactation. I would be interested to know on what authority this information is based. If I were pregnant I would definitely check with a trusted source, or better A DOCTOR before taking any kind of medicinal herb or plant.
on 17/07/2014
Very thorough list of herbs to avoid. Nicely done. I'm glad to see that both common and uncommon herbs were listed. Although, if I were pregnant and wanted to take some sort of herb, I think I would always check with a naturopath or some sort of trust worthy text beforehand.
on 28/08/2013
Pregnancy is something so beautiful in life, you should try to pass through it without any problem of any kind, and enjoying all the moments of course, so it is good to have near information about the products you should consume and avoid, and of course the most important thing is loving your baby and your body
on 26/08/2013
Too many herbs, the list is huge, I cannot even believe that there are so many bad herbs for the baby, maybe some other recommendations like fruits or other foods to avoid during pregnancy? that could be very helpful too for the women that are interested in their babies' health
on 26/08/2013
My wife is pregnant and I want to find out as many as I can of the topic, about the foods she should and must consume and what she should avoid because this baby needs to be perfect and healthy, he's my son and I'm worried about him, so thanks a lot for the tips, awesome article
on 01/09/2013
You just have to be sure that you enjoy the pregnancy along with your wife, trying different activities that don't harm the baby as well as trying food, or even tea, but it is good to see the herbs that should be avoided, good luck with your new baby, my best wishes
on 17/08/2013
I think that not so many people consume these kinds of herbs normally during their lives so it is not so probable to find a complication during pregnancy due to this type of problem, anyway it is always importat to find ou about more tips to have a nice and normal pregancy and a beautiful baby.

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