I never meant to turn into a “vegan hippie”. But that pretty much sums me up – I like using all-natural ingredients and products and shun most of those made with synthetic or artificial materials. This includes medications and supplements, including those recommended during pregnancy. So it’s not much of a surprise that I have taken a great interest in herbs and herbal medicine.
The power of herbs should not be underestimated – some herbs can have a strong effect! Please do your own research and consult with your midwife before using any herbs during pregnancy. Some herbs may not be suitable for you if you have certain pre-existing conditions, and others just aren’t suitable for use during pregnancy.
With that said, here are some herbs I have been using during this pregnancy. If used properly, herbs can help nourish your body and prepare you for labour and birth, and help with common symptoms of pregnancy.
Red raspberry leaf is well known for it’s aid with toning the uterus – in fact, it is so strong that it is often advised to not use this herb during the first trimester as it may cause miscarriages. But during the last trimester, drinking red raspberry leaf tea regularly may help by strengthening the muscles in the uterus for a faster labour.
Nettle and raspberry leaf also provide much needed vitamins and minerals that are easily assimilated by the body. Making these teas and drinking regularly will help nourish your body and your growing baby.
Mugwort is also useful to useful after the birth to aid with placenta delivery as it stimulates the uterus, but is not suitable for use during pregnancy.
Another tincture I have on hand for after the birth is a cayenne tincture. Cayenne is supposed to help control blood loss, and it may also help if the newborn has breathing problems.
These are just a few herbs that I have found to be particularly useful during pregnancy, but you may also look into using herbs to help with nausea or morning sickness (lemon balm), heartburn, or other symptoms you may be experiencing. Herbs are amazing – consider using a natural herbal remedy instead of reaching for medication!
Have you used any herbs during your pregnancy?